What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good Paperback – May 1 2015
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"A compelling read, this book will have anyone with a vested interest in the future citizens of our world pausing to question the education system as we know it and forming their own opinions on what matters most for these children. A good read for teachers in need of some inspiration or for anyone looking for more insight into education in America."
―Green Teacher Magazine
"Joel Westheimer’s compelling book What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good is a play in two acts with several scenes in each act...The play begins in tragedy but ends in comedy – that is, comedy in the Shakespearean sense of focusing on a happy outcome for the characters. Like Shakespeare, Westheimer has written a play for the masses: well written, fast paced and full of easy to follow anecdotes and examples drawn from his long experience as an educator and researcher."
―Citizenship, Teaching & Learning
"The message of this short and accessible book is that it is vital for schools to resist the pressures of standardization and offer educational spaces where young people can learn about what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society. "
―Philosophical Inquiry in Education
"Challenging the myths promoted by the apostles of standardized tests and narrowed curricula, Dr. Westheimer, in this timely and important book, refocuses the attention of policymakers on providing students with learning experiences that equip them for engaged citizenship and ensuring that teachers have the professional autonomy and trust to do that work."
―Dianne Woloschuk, President, Canadian Teachers’ Federation
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Westheimer says, "since we can't measure what we care about, we start to care about what we can measure."
Exactly. As teachers we're too hyperfocused on preparing students for standardized tests that we miss out on developing skills that are, arguably, more important. Teachers have too important of a job to focus entirely on content when our students need much more than that to develop into healthy and successful people and citizens.