Then, Now and Why Now, identifies many educational issues evident during the past six decades and which present some controversies for educators. Extensive research is provided to assist reader’s understanding of how these issues have changed over time and why, today, they are accompanied with some controversy.
Jim Dueck has had a career in education spanning forty years of service as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and deputy minister. He ahs advised representatives from almost fifty education systems around the world, who sought suggestions regarding assessment and accountability in education, including the US government’s launch of the Race to the Top initiative.
Chapter 1: Our Time of Greatest Change
Chapter 2: School Safety Shattered
Chapter 3: Class Size: Working or Learning Condition
Chapter 4: The Changing School Culture
Chapter 5: Our Struggle for Accountability
Chapter 6: Choice: A Democratic Right
Chapter 7: The Neighborhood School
Chapter 8: Parents Gaining Power
Chapter 9: Sliding Religiosity
Chapter 10: Teenagers: A Different and Problematic Generation
Chapter 11: A New Health Crisis Facing Students
Chapter 12: Sex Education
Chapter 13: Curriculum Changes
Chapter 14: Classroom Instruction
Chapter 15: Dress Codes
Chapter 16: Student Discipline
Chapter 17: Pass, Fail, Or Push
Chapter 18: Teacher Gender Over the Decades
Chapter 19: Teacher Pay and Evaluations
Chapter 20: Scoring the Work of Teachers
Chapter 21: Role of the Principal
Chapter 22: Conclusion
Then, Now, and Why provides a sixty-year context for the biggest educational issues of the day. Dueck’s carefully researched trend analyses results in evidence-based arguments that call for sweeping reform. Best possible outcomes for students is his orienting perspective and it leaves no room for skeletons in the closet.
In Then, Now, and Why Now, Jim Dueck provides a fascinating overview of how North American schools have evolved over the years. What makes this book so refreshing is that Dueck doesn't regurgitate the usual ivory tower talking points that we so often hear from education academics. Instead, Dueck combines years of experience in the field with extensive scholarly research to provide practical suggestions which, if implemented, would go a long way to improving the quality of education students receive.
Then, Now, and Why Now is a reminder of the adage 'the only constant in life is change' as it seeks to map out the changes in K-12 education over the last 60 years. Covering topics like class size and teacher accountability, these snapshots wrestle with implications of the transformation and, while Jim’s opinions are characteristically controversial, will inspire any reader to sharpen their thinking.