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Who's in Charge?

Who's in Charge?

A Teacher Speaks Her Mind

    In this collection of provocative essays, longtime teacher and author Susan Ohanian takes on the educational establishment with such a disarming combination of fury, glee, and impishness that we're always engaged even if we sometimes disagree. She's an equal opportunity gadfly-educators on all sides of an issue get it between the eyes.

    —Teacher Magazine

Why teachers are so secretive, even protective, about the conditions in which they work is top on veteran teacher Susan Ohanian's list of concerns. There is nothing secretive about Ohanian. This collection of her writings, many of which were...

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    In this collection of provocative essays, longtime teacher and author Susan Ohanian takes on the educational establishment with such a disarming combination of fury, glee, and impishness that we're always engaged even if we sometimes disagree. She's an equal opportunity gadfly-educators on all sides of an issue get it between the eyes.

    —Teacher Magazine

Why teachers are so secretive, even protective, about the conditions in which they work is top on veteran teacher Susan Ohanian's list of concerns. There is nothing secretive about Ohanian. This collection of her writings, many of which were gleaned from leading publications such as Phi Delta Kappan and USA Today, attests to that. If you ask for permission to speak up, she says, you are doomed. But if you write about your classroom—about the texts and traditions, about the administrators who annoy you and the texts that block you, your public words will provide a protective shield. Based on Ohanian's twenty years as classroom teacher, consultant, journalist, and observer of the education scene in the U.S., the essays will anger, confirm, delight, and inspire.

Just about any teacher, regardless of grade level, will find familiar the scenarios, contretemps, ironies, and kids Ohanian details.


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Contents

Contents:
I. Teaching
1. Stacks of Letters 2. Love, Leslie 3. The Tantalizing Vagueness of Teaching 4. Collaboration, Silence, and Solitude 5. Notes on Japan from an American Schoolteacher II. Learning 6. P. L. 94-142: Mainstream or Quicksand? 7. To "Pete," Who's Lost in the Mainstream 8. Question of the Day 9. Will You Recognize the Ready Moment? 10. Okay to Be Different III. Curriculum Choices Tough and Easy 11. To Hell with Rip Van Winkle 12. Reading for What? 13. Smuggling Reading into the Reading Program 14. When the Reading Experts Gather, What's Their Real Agenda? 15. Beware the Rosy View! 16. How Today's Software Can Zap Kids' Desire to Read 17. Who's Afraid of Old Mother Hubbard? 18. Ruffles and Flourishes 19. A Plea for More Disorderliness 20. Literature Has No Uses IV. Hierarchies or Who's in Charge? 21. The Paper Chase 22. There's Only One True Technique for Good Discipline 23. "Yes, but Where Are Your Credits in Recess Management 101?" 24. Achievement Test Scores: Facts That Distort the Truth 25. Huffing and Puffing and Blowing Schools Excellent 26. On Stir-and-Serve Recipes for Teaching 27. 'Just the Facts, Ma'am': Tests vs. Intuition 28. Not-So-Super Superintendents 29. What Makes Whittle Qualified to Do High School TV News? 30. Inside Classroom Structures 31. Behavioral Objective. Envoi: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mastery Learning