Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-1516-9 • Hardback • October 2018 • $38.00 • (£29.00)
978-1-5381-1517-6 • eBook • October 2018 • $36.00 • (£28.00)
Diana Senechal is an educator and author whose writing has appeared in The New Republic,Education Week,American Educator, and The New York Times. Senechal is the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize and the author of Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2012), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic title.
Chapter 1: Take Away the Takeaway: The Problem with Pocketable Summaries
Chapter 2: Change, Our False God: Questioning the Rhetoric of Reform
Chapter 3: The Ubiquitous Team (Not Everything Has to Be Part of One)
Chapter 4: Is Listening Passive?
Chapter 5: Research Has Shown—Just What, Exactly?
Chapter 6: Social and Unsocial Justice: How Different Kinds of Justice Combine
Chapter 7: The Toxicity of “Toxic”
Chapter 8: The Springs of Creativity: How Invention and Creation Require Subject Matter
Chapter 9: In Praise of Mixed Mindsets: Why “Growth Mindset” May Not Always Be Ideal
Chapter 10: What Do We Mean by “We”?
Chapter 11: A Good Misfit: How Mismatches Can Enrich Our Work and Life
About the Author
This concisely argued book will be of interest to anyone who wishes to deconstruct the truisms that infect so much public discourse.— Publishers Weekly
Overall, the text is well illustrated, thoughtful, and clear, with examples that distinguish between mind-set and theory. An alluring choice for readers with an academic bent.— Library Journal
Diana Senechal is a unique voice in American education today—energetic, inquisitive, and always curious for the next experience that might surprise her into thought. When she detects a fallacy in received ideas like 'implicit bias' and 'the toxic personality,' or in clichés like 'the takeaway,' she looks under the surface and asks what could have led us there. These essays are the work of a born teacher and a gifted observer of our intellectual culture.— David Bromwich, author of Moral Imagination: Essays
Woe to peddlers of bromides, quick fixes, and slogans. Begone, TED talk mountebanks and jargon-mongers. Diana Senechal strides through the marketplace of compromised words, examining the wares with devastating lucidity, inviting the reader to skepticism and thoughtful critique. This book shows what it is to have a free mind.— Rosanna Warren, author of Ghost in a Red Hat: Poems