I Won’t Learn From You!
This important essay is a penetrating look at our schools’ frequent failure to consider the values of their clients—our children and young adults.
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Praise and Prizes
“Not since Mina Shaughnessy’s ground-breaking educational treatise, Errors and Expectations, has so loving and perceptive a lens been applied to student ‘failure.’”
“Brilliant, human and sensible. If anyone is wondering why our education system has seemed to fail to reach such a large proportion of the students who are its responsibility, reading this concise and timely essay will provide some plausible answers.”
“In I Won’t Learn from You! Herbert Kohl turns his attentive and loving eye to a perennial problem in education: the refusal of many youngsters to learn what we prescribe for them. Kohl moves quickly beyond the labels, the stereotypes, the taken-for-granted explanations for school failure, even beyond descriptions of the putative behavior of children in crisis. He gets us looking in the right direction, at the actions and reactions of learners.”