While recent discussions on school reform tend to emphasize a conservative, market-driven approach, a new book co-edited by Assistant Professor JEFF BALE and Los Angeles teacher Sarah Knopp illustrates an alternative, more radical vision for improving the nation’s schools. Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation (Haymarket Books) is politically grounded in Marxism and informed by the work of its contributing authors in teacher activist groups and union reform coalitions across the country. Bale coordinates secondary teacher preparation in world languages at MSU.
Associate professor of teacher education BETH HERBEL-EISENMANN is the co-author, with Penn State Professor Gwendolyn Lloyd and Harvard’s Jon Star, of Developing Essential Understanding of Expressions, Equations, & Functions: Grades 6-8. The book, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is part of a series aimed at helping teachers deepen their understanding of critical mathematics topics that are deemed challenging to teach.
American students experience vast differences in content and instruction between districts, and even from classroom from classroom, according to a new book by University Distinguished Professor WILLIAM SCHMIDT: Inequality for All: The Challenge of Unequal Opportunity in American Schools. Based on decades of research, he and co-author Curtis McKnight illustrate how unequal opportunities to learn mathematics and science affect achievement not only for minority and poor students but for students within middle-income communities. Advocating for the Common Core State Standards, they argue the existing system unfairly forces teachers to choose among conflicting textbooks, standards and assessments.
Assistant professors of teacher education ALICIA ALONZO and AMELIA WENK GOTWALS are co-editors of Learning Progressions in Science: Current Challenges and Future Directions, published by Sense Publishers. The book is based on proceedings from the first national conference on learning progressions in science, which they co-chaired in 2009.