Politics Aside: Our Children and Their Teachers in Score-Driven Times (Paperback)
This book is a "must read" for parents and teachers who are concerned about our current education policies and how they affect our youngest students. Lesley Koplow brings the experience of being a young child, a young child's parent, or a teacher of young children to life in an era when public elementary schools are besieged by pressure to "win the race". Anyone who wonders what happened to nurturing early childhood and early grade classrooms that stimulate the young child's curiosity, creativity and quest to discover meaning will find the answer here. Advocates for the young child's right to a supportive, meaningful, relationship- based learning environment will find a powerful ally, and access to research revealing the score-driven approach to education as antithetical to a healthy learning process. Politics Aside supports the fight for dynamic education and authentic assessment in the early grades, and may help us garner the strength to "push politics aside" and make room for classrooms that feed our children's minds and hearts.
About the Author
Lesley Koplow, M.S., L.C.S.W. is the Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College and founder of Networks for Schools That Heal. She is the author of several books including; Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal, Creating Schools That Heal, Bears, Bears Everywhere: Supporting Children's Emotional Health in the Classroom and Tanya and the Tobo Man. Lesley lives in New York City.