Romances with Schools: A Life of Education

Romances with Schools: A Life of Education

by John I. Goodlad


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John I. Goodlad has been an unflagging voice for humanistic ideals in education for more than six decades and has helped reframe the modern discourse on the role and function of schools. For Goodlad the goal of public education is to help children become free and full participants in a democratic society by instilling them with a love of learning and a sense of civic responsibility-goals that are incompatible with our present system of schooling that teaches to standardized tests.

In Romances with Schools, John Goodlad steps out from behind the public persona of distinguished scholar and advocate for public schooling to offer a moving personal account of a life devoted to educating the young. He deftly interweaves fascinating personal details with reflections on many of the larger issues in education that he has explored throughout his career.

John's early encounters with formal schooling began just before the Great Depression in Canada with the humble North Star School. From there we are taken through sixty-plus years in education, starting with John's first teaching job as the sole instructor of a one-room schoolhouse through his years as an education activist, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education, and national voice for educational renewal. Along the way, he treats us to vivid characterizations of the men, women, and above all, children who shaped him as a person and inspired his thinking on education. Romances with Schools is both a poignant memoir and a persuasive argument for the need to renew public education to fit the demands of a free society.

Stephen Goodlad, John's son, has written a moving Prologue to the book that provides behind-the-scenes insight into John's life. An Epilogue by Roger Soder, a long-time colleague, places John's work of school renewal in the context of political change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475804249
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John I. Goodlad is the author of A Place Called School, the groundbreaking study of the effectiveness of the American system of education. For over sixty years, he has been a leading force in improving public schooling in North America. John died in November 2014.

Table of Contents

Prologue by Stephen J. Goodlad
Part One: As a Pupil
Chapter 1: The Early Years
Chapter 2: The Middle Years
Chapter 3: The High School Years and a Little Beyond
Chapter 4: Becoming a Teacher
Part Two: As a Teacher
Chapter 5: Chalk Dust
Chapter 6: Promotions
Chapter 7: Loss of Innocence
Part Three: As a Hybrid Educator
Chapter 8: The Higher Learning
Chapter 9: Renewing School Cultures
Chapter 10: Nourishing Educational Belief
Chapter 11: Tidying the Mind in an Untidy World
Chapter 12: Toward Schools Commonly Good
Epilogue by Roger Soder

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