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Here is How to Address Fundamental Issues

Susan Notes:

The Good News is that Marion Brady has made these Power Point programs available to anyone who wants to use them.

With "Race to the Top" and the current push to adopt national standards in mind, Marion Brady has created six Powerpoint presentations addressing fundamental issues.

The presentations -- simple, clear, brief, and thought-provoking -- should be of interest to all who care about the future of public education. Requiring no commentary or advance preparation, they lend themselves to easy use by school administrators, coordinators, department heads and other school officials, by program chairs for school support organizations , civic clubs and study groups, and by private citizens concerned about the education of the young.

Every one of the presentations should stimulate lively, productive dialog.

(Note: Each ends with a screen relating to a particular instructional program, but since the program isn't for sale, this should present no problem.)

Passive or Active Learning?

Contrasts, with examples of actual instructional activities, these two very different approaches to instruction, and the implications of each for reform.

The Unaddressed Problem

Explains why experienced, working educators almost universally oppose national standards and tests.

Information Overload

Addresses the problem learners face when inundated with random, disorganized, fragmented information from textbooks, teacher talk, and the Internet.

Looking at Standards

Raises very specific questions about the wisdom of adopting national standards for school subjects.

To What End?

Advances a revolutionary idea -- a sharp focus for general education. (The idea was advanced in A Policy With Punch,[pdf file] an article appearing in the October 2008 issue of American School Board Journal.)

Hey Kid! Listen Up!

Addresses students directly (and educators indirectly) challenging them to become change agents.

— Marion Brady
Power Point Series


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