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The Students are Watching Us


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Theodore Sizer(1932-2009) andNancy Sizerwere coprincipals of the Parker Charter High School. Ted was founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and University Professor emeritus at Brown University. His books includeHorace's Compromise, Horace's School,andHorace's Hope.Nancy, who spent twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, is author ofCrossing the Stage.Together they are authors ofThe Students Are Watching.


Teachers play a vital role in shaping the morality of young people, contends Ted Sizer (Horace's School, etc.), founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and co-principal with his wife, Nancy Sizer (Making Decisions), of the Francis W. Parker Charter School in Ayer, Mass. In their first endeavor as co-writers, the Sizers maintain that teachers model ways to approach knotty problems and, because they have emotional distance from students, can help them keep their thinking balanced in difficult situations. Acknowledging that some people are concerned by the notion that educators have the right to shape students' minds, they assert that high schools have long had three core tasks: to prepare young people for the world of work, to prepare them to think deeply and in an informed way and to help them become decent human beings. Yet, though schools exist for the benefit of children and adolescents, the Sizers point out that the students are often seen as the school's "clients," as its powerless peopleÄthough the authors believe that is a costly, patronizing pretense. Instead, the Sizers call for adults to put stock in the suggestions of children, since they watch and listen to adults all the time and have learned more than we realize. Clearly sympathetic to educators, the Sizers recognize that "serious teaching does not carry an eight-to-four expectation whatever any contract says." For educators and parents concerned about raising thoughtful citizens, this slim book offers the surprisingly weighty insight that if we wish to shape our children's valuesÄhow as a matter of habit they treat others and how self-aware they areÄwe must first look into the mirror. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Theodore and Nancy Sizer describe, with passion, wisdom, and diligence, what a moral school could look like. --Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

"Theodore Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer have been on the front lines of the school reform battle for decades." --Newsweek "Teaching is a moral profession, and the Sizers provide us with invaluable insights into the way in which values play themselves out in the lives of children and teachers." --Herbert Kohl, author of The Discipline of Hope "The power of a good school to grow good people who can reinvigorate public life is enormous-and the Sizers have got it just right. It isn't an 'add-on' but part-and-parcel of the whole enterprise-as it has been part-and-parcel of their own lives." --Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas "The Sizers offer us an important and clarifying book on a subject that begs for their exceptional thoughtfulness-the moral aspects of education, explained here, suggestively and astutely, by two wise, experienced teachers." --Robert Coles, author of The Moral Life of Children "This book is a must-read for anybody concerned with character education, moral teaching, or simply with the values of our children. Carefully thought out, cutting edge, and completely compelling." --Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule "Theodore Sizer looms as a giant on the American educational landscape. . . . [The Students Are Watching] packs a mammoth wallop to the status quo with arguments rarely addressed to political leaders who make educational decisions." --Muriel Cohen, The Boston Globe

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