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If You're Riding a Horse and It Dies, Get Off

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This is a humorour allegory about education, well-intentioned people with unrealistic ideas, and a dead horse. Confused? The book will help explain.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Crystal Springs Books
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Claudia
I had forgotten all about this little gem until recently. It's a perfect mood-lightener for all those professional development days reformers force on educators. Those days when non-educators tell educators how to teach, what to teach, how to test, what to test.

When you're riding a horse and it dies, GET OFF!!

Don't test, measure, evaluate. Don't whip or put it on an IEP (Individualized Equestrian Plan). Don't give it another saddle. Don't add a team to investigate.

GET OFF and MOVE ALONG!!
Jim
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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YES YES YES

this book should be read by every politician (although it is for the other guy, not themselves) and store manager(although it isn't about them) and middlemanagement person (because it is about the middlemangaement person down the hall) pastor/priest of a declining church(they'll know someone to give it to) and worker in a non-profit (because they haven't had a good cry in hours).
Elizabeth
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a book that pokes fun at educational reform. It is super because it applies to almost any change that one might be making in our culture and how we often stubbornly stick with a strategy that is not working because we think we should "study" it more, or throw more money at it, or make it even more challenging, etc. This is a simplified way of saying, just change the vehicle!!
Miah D
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-books
Great satire on educational reform.
Tim Floyd
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Educators
Insightful look into education issues under the guise of a children's book.
Shailee
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
clear and to the point.
Jean
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Satirical and humorous. A good read for those who work with bureaucracies, especially public schools.

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