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The New American High School

Ted Sizer, Deborah Meier (Foreword by), Nancy Faust Sizer (Introduction)
ISBN: 978-1-118-52642-2
272 pages
June 2013, Jossey-Bass
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The late Theodore Sizer's vision for a truly democratic public high school system

Our current high schools are ill-designed and inefficient. We have inherited a program of studies that in its overall structure has not changed in over a century. The question is What's next? Theodore Sizer, the founder of The Coalition of Essential Schools, was a passionate advocate for the American school system. In this, his last book, he offers a vision of what a future secondary education might look like. In a book that tells the story of his own odyssey, Sizer gives shape to a much-needed agenda for improving our high schools.

  • Includes a vision for the future of our High Schools from one of America's greatest leaders of educational reform
  • Written by Theodore Sizer founder of The Coalition of Essential Schools and author of landmark book Horace's Compromise

This final book from the late Theodore Sizer reveals the man and his vision for our secondary education system.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Deborah Meier vii

Preface: The Lay of the Land xix

Introduction by Nancy Faust Sizer xxv

1 The Problem 1

2 Growing up American 15

3 Learning 36

4 Differences 56

5 The Language of Schooling 74

6 Time 90

7 Space and Costs 106

8 Courses 116

9 Technology 135

10 Pedagogy 142

11 Testing 164

12 Choice 181

13 Faith 193

14 Morality 201

15 The Prospect 221

Acknowledgments 232

Further Reading 233

About the Author 236

Index 238

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Author Information

TED SIZER was one of the nation's most respected education-reform advocates. He founded the Essential Schools movement, which maintains, among other things, that students and teachers are members of the school's community.

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Press Release

August 19, 2013
The New American High School

Our current high schools are ill-designed and inefficient. We have inherited a program of studies that in its overall structure has not changed in over a century. The question is What's next? What can be done to fix our high schools? 

Theodore Sizer, the founder of The Coalition of Essential Schools, was a passionate advocate for the American school system. In THE NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, June 2013; $26.95; Cloth; ISBN:  978-1-118-52642-2), his last book, he offers a vision of what a future secondary education might look like. THE NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL tells the story of his own odyssey; Sizer gives shape to a much-needed agenda for improving our high schools. 

In THE NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL, Sizer examines 15 key issues with our current High School system, and shows what can be done to address each.

 

  • Issue One:      The Problem
  • Issue Two:      Growing Up American
  • Issue Three:    Learning
  • Issue Four:      Differences
  • Issue Five:       The Language of Schooling
  • Issue Six:        Time
  • Issue Seven:    Space and Costs
  • Issue Eight:      Courses
  • Issue Nine:       Technology
  • Issue Ten:        Pedagogy
  • Issue Eleven:    Testing
  • Issue Twelve:    Choice
  • Issue Thirteen:  Faith
  • Issue Fourteen: Morality
  • Issue Fifteen:    The Prospect

THE NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL presents a realistic and grounded reform manifesto. It offers a clear and concise examination of the troubles we face in our school system, and offers solutions to the biggest issues. This book represents, “…another chance to keep company with this remarkable man,” as Nancy Faust Sizer writes in her moving Introduction.

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