How much of what you hear about schools can you trust? Can you believe the marketing hype about unsurpassed facilities, genius teachers and stellar academic achievement? Do you listen to neighbourhood gossip about your local school? Are government statistics the answer? School choice has become one of the most agonising issues of parenthood. Chris Bonnor and Jane Caro have no magic formula, and agree that complex factors come together to make a good school. But drawing on their own experiences and knowledge as school principal, parents and advocates they give parents the tools to do homework about schools themselves. They compare talk about schools – public, Catholic, private, selective, comprehensive – against the reality. They examine how good schools respond to the recurring crises in the lives of kids. They help navigate NAPLAN tests and the My School website. And they place their analysis squarely in the middle of the national discussion about education. Schools have to be good for students, for parents and for the nation. What Makes a Good School? will help you to cover all bases.
About the Authors
Jane Caro is an award-winning advertising writer with 25 years experience. She also writes on educational and other issues for a range of publications, and is a regular commentator on radio.
Chris Bonnor AM is an education writer and consultant with wide experience in teaching and school leadership. His interests and research have spanned geography, gender education and education systems and he has presented at many conferences in Australia and overseas. Chris is the author of ten geography textbooks, is a member of the Australian College of Educators and was most recently was the president of the NSW Secondary Principals Council.
|Who are schools for?||p. 1|
|The talk about schools||p. 18|
|What are schools really like?||p. 32|
|My School and your school||p. 54|
|The agony and ecstasy of choice||p. 74|
|What is good teaching and learning?||p. 91|
|What do good schools do about the things that keep parents awake at night?||p. 112|
|Trying to please everyone, from K to 12||p. 140|
|Types of schools: How much does it matter?||p. 175|
|What makes a good system of schools?||p. 193|
|Creating more good schools||p. 218|
|How do you choose a good school?||p. 240|
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Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.295