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Over the last decade the transformation in the field of education that is occurring under the twin banners of "standards" and "accountability" has materially affected every aspect of schooling, teaching, and teacher education in the United States. Teaching By Numbers, offers interdisciplinary ways to understand the educational reforms underway in urban education, teaching, Over the last decade the transformation in the field of education that is occurring under the twin banners of "standards" and "accountability" has materially affected every aspect of schooling, teaching, and teacher education in the United States. Teaching By Numbers, offers interdisciplinary ways to understand the educational reforms underway in urban education, teaching, and teacher education, and their impact on what it means to teach. Peter Taubman maps the totality of the transformation and takes into account the constellation of forces shaping it. Going further, he proposes an alternative vision of teacher education and argues why such a program would better address the concerns of well-intentioned educators who have surrendered to various reforms efforts. Illuminating and timely, this volume is essential reading for researchers, students, and professionals across the fields of urban education, curriculum theory, social foundations, educational policy, and teacher education.


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Over the last decade the transformation in the field of education that is occurring under the twin banners of "standards" and "accountability" has materially affected every aspect of schooling, teaching, and teacher education in the United States. Teaching By Numbers, offers interdisciplinary ways to understand the educational reforms underway in urban education, teaching, Over the last decade the transformation in the field of education that is occurring under the twin banners of "standards" and "accountability" has materially affected every aspect of schooling, teaching, and teacher education in the United States. Teaching By Numbers, offers interdisciplinary ways to understand the educational reforms underway in urban education, teaching, and teacher education, and their impact on what it means to teach. Peter Taubman maps the totality of the transformation and takes into account the constellation of forces shaping it. Going further, he proposes an alternative vision of teacher education and argues why such a program would better address the concerns of well-intentioned educators who have surrendered to various reforms efforts. Illuminating and timely, this volume is essential reading for researchers, students, and professionals across the fields of urban education, curriculum theory, social foundations, educational policy, and teacher education.

30 review for Teaching by Numbers: Deconstructing the Discourse of Standards and Accountability in Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathlin

    Probably the most important book on public education I have ever read (along with Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Kozol's Savage Inequalities). Taubman's intellectual savvy and ability to deconstruct the rhetoric around "standards," "testing," and "teacher effectiveness" is unparalleled. Much of the book looks at the language of accountability and testing, even going so far as to describe and break apart the words and structures of the tests themselves. Taubman argues that educators have bee Probably the most important book on public education I have ever read (along with Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Kozol's Savage Inequalities). Taubman's intellectual savvy and ability to deconstruct the rhetoric around "standards," "testing," and "teacher effectiveness" is unparalleled. Much of the book looks at the language of accountability and testing, even going so far as to describe and break apart the words and structures of the tests themselves. Taubman argues that educators have been caught in an audit culture, very much informed by social efficiency models of schooling, the military, corporate/right wing influences, so much so that we have become complicit in the testing "teaching by numbers" game. His chapters on "fears"--fears teachers have of failure, of the internalization of our low status as a profession, fears that our schools will be stripped of their funding if we do not perform--are particularly potent.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Poindexter

    I will read again- This author talks of Audit culture that plagues our modern, capitalist society and influences education.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie VanDusen

    This book gave me a lot of information I didn't already know. My only wish is that he hadn't been so wordy in some places.

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    Jameson Goetz

    Very important book.

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    Richard Williams

    A good read. Had a few objections but very well written and argued.

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