Let's Kill Dick and Jane: How the Open Court Publishing Company Fought the Culture of American Education
"For thirty-four years, from 1962 to 1996, the Open Court Publishing Company sold elementary math and reading textbooks that tried to combat the culture and bring about real school reform. Stories from the company's struggles help make this culture visible." In Let's Kill Dick and Jane, Harold Henderson gives a historical, yet personal, portrait from the company's beginnin...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 28th 2006 by St. Augustines Press
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I liked what I could understand. Liked - blah - Matt tells me no value judgements. Ok, I learned some interesting things about the monolithic nature of the educational culture in the United States. Cannot be moved, nudged, bumped, even an inch, into anything it is not already. Despite any research and any amount of effort or money most schools, most teachers continue to do what they have always done. And of a few of the accusations regarding what teachers do might be a bit over the top; like "te...more
The book should be required reading for all parents on the day before they go to their "open house" meeting with their child's homeroom teacher. When the homeroom teacher then tells them one more time that their children are wonderful students, the best ever, most talented ever, etc, they should question on what basis the teacher says so. When the teacher tells them that this school is outstanding and serves their children well, they should ask why the teacher thinks so. What data from "customer...more
Harold Henderson, CG(sm), a professional writer since 1979 and a professional genealogist since 2009, lives and works in La Porte County, Indiana, and at midwestroots.net. He serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published genealogical articles in the American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register), the NG...moreMore about Harold Henderson...