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More About This Title The Game of School: Why We All Play It, How it Hurts Kids, and What It Will Take to Change It
1. Wasting Time.
Interlude: Elcira Delgado’s Show.
2. The Game of School up Through the Grades.
Interlude: Heidi Thomas’s First Day of First Grade.
3. Being Curious, Feeling Powerful, and Telling the World What You Know.
Interlude: “Something So Good Wuz Neva So Deadly”.
4. Contemplating Our State Religion, and the Types of Learners Who Attend School Within Its Shadow.
Interlude: Abd Al-Maalik, High School History Teacher.
5. Humanizing “School Talk” in Pursuit of Authentic Learning.
Interlude: Nurturing Passionate Teachers: Making Our Work Transparent Randall Wisehart.
6. Getting Stuck.
Interlude: Fried’s Joy and Misery Index for Educators.
7. No Time to Waste.
Interlude: Jenny O’Neil and City Year: Building a Beloved Community.
Coda: A Lesson Before Teaching.
About the Author.
--Deborah Meier, founding principal and director, New Ventures, Mission Hill School
"This critically important book plumbs the depths of productive vs. unproductive learning and finds a seemingly normal, yet insidious, ‘game’ at its core. Our schools' failure to engage young minds is explained through vivid portraits of teachers who buck the trend Fried is not a nihilist who sees only the dark side. Far from it. He has the courage to describe the Game of School such that readers can accept the metaphor as a tool without which educational reform will continue to be ineffectual."
--Seymour B. Sarason, professor of psychology emeritus, Yale University and, author of And What Do You Mean by Learning?