One Size Fits Few

One Size Fits Few

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One Size Fits Few is a sharp, pointed pin with which to deflate the overblown pro-Standards movement. In her hilarious, unsparing, and often touching narrative, Susan Ohanian-a teacher, author, and frequent contributor to the Atlantic, Education Week, and other publications-recounts her quest to make sense of the Standards movement. qMaking senseq is no small feat, as we see when Ohanian muses on school districts withholding diplomas from students who fail to demonstrate qnecessary knowledgeq of topics such as covalent bonds, the Edict of Nantes, La Cucaracha, and the Slough of Despond. Balance is even more elusive in the media, as is evident when Ohanian drafts an op-ed piece on Goals 2000 for USA Today. When her editor repeatedly finds the real-life students she portrays qtoo unique, q too urban, too nonstandard, she realizes that all he wants to know is qhow the kids in Grosse Pointe measure up against the kids in Larchmont or Palo Alto, and how both compare to the Japanese.q Ironically, even in Japan, Ohanian finds gross denial: When she asks qWhat happens when a child fails to keep up with his peers?, q she is reassured that this never happens. Yet no one can explain how the McDonald's clerk fits into the Japanese educational/social system. Underlying the irony is a call to action. qIt is my moral duty to offer a counterargument to people who would try to streamline, sanitize, and standardize educationq says Ohanian. qWhen we get down to the realities of the classroom . . . the antics of Standardistos are no longer funny . . . what we need to do is fight back.q Visit Visit Susan Ohanian online for a wealth of information on education issues and to learn more about her. You'll find commentary, cartoons, letters, resources, quotes and a word of the day offering children a provocative way to increase their vocabulary.Ita#39;s easier to put them in a book than flash them at a live audience. Several seventh graders walked into my language arts class, griping about the results of a four-page exam on the male reproductive system theya#39;d just gotten back in health class. Virgil, known among his peers a€” and his teachers a€” as the stud of seventh grade, had received a grade of ten percent for his knowledge of penile parts. Lateranbsp;...

Title:One Size Fits Few
Author: Susan Ohanian
Publisher:Heinemann Educational Books - 1999

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