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The Teacher's Attention: Why Our Kids Must and Can Get Smaller Schools and Classes
by Garrett Delavan
Temple University Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-1-59213-895-1 | Paper: 978-1-59213-894-4 | Cloth: 978-1-59213-893-7
Library of Congress Classification LB3012.5.D45 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 371.251

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Teacher’s Attention is a fresh take on relationships in schools. Looking beyond our obsession with raising test scores, this book recognizes that education is a key partner in raising children. Garrett Delavan contends that allowing students, educators and parents to navigate a smaller number of relationships—a concept he calls "relationship load"—provides many benefits, including a better chance at achieving equal access to a good education for all children.


Delavan shows how class size, school size, and longer-term student-teacher relationships are all equally critical components for educating our children ethically and successfully. After examining these proposed reforms in detail, Delavan also considers counterarguments and provides a detailed projection of costs and savings, putting to rest the assumption that smaller classes and smaller schools are necessarily more expensive. Finally, the book discusses possible steps toward implementation, showing how the author's proposed reforms are remarkably practical.



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