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Publisher's Summary

Schools may rise and fall, but education fads remain forever. When it comes to new ideas, sifting the wheat from the chaff can seem like an impossible task. Finally, help has arrived from one of Canada’s best-known education writers. A Sage on the Stage leaves no stone unturned in its relentless assault on the foolish fads infecting public education. From incomprehensible no-zero policies to the new-yet-old 21st Century Skills movement to discovery math that never adds up, this book debunks many of the most pervasive fads in schools today. It also lays out a positive case for the things that do work - direct instruction, knowledge-rich classrooms, and lots of practice. If you care about improving teaching and learning in our schools, this book is for you.

©2019 Michael Zwaagstra (P)2019 Michael Zwaagstra

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