Synopses & Reviews
When nearly everyone else is telling kids no-"No, do it this way....No, I don't want to hear what you think....No, sit down and pay attention"-Judy Logan says yes, to a child's passions, interests, and hopes. The results have been news-making; her students blossom academically, winning essay contests, prizes, and entrance to the country's best colleges. Armed with a strong sense of who they are and what they think, her students also blossom personally-resisting peer pressure, understanding racial and gender stereotypes, and connecting to the world in which they live.
Drawing on over thirty years "knee deep in adolescence" as a teacher in a public middle school, Judy Logan shows that it is the very vulnerability of adolescence that makes it a time of tremendous opportunity for emotional, intellectual, and social growth. Uniting creativity and compassion, Logan's vivid classroom stories bring into focus for all parents numerous effective strategies for working with adolescents.
Above all, Judy Logan is a compelling storyteller who loves and respects her students and the work of learning. Eye-opening and inspirational, the stories she has to tell take the simple human drama of day-to-day classroom life and create an all-embracing vision of the possibilities of public education in America.
"Sprinkled like breadcrumbs along the dark path of adolescence, Judy Logan's stories lead us to a new vision of what our schools can give to our children." -Mary Pipher, author of REVIVING OPHELIA
"An essential read for parents who want to ensure that their daughters (and sons) have the finest opportunities in school and beyond." -Peggy Orenstein, author of SCHOOLGIRLS: SELF ESTEEM AND THE CONFIDENCE GAP
"In story after story, Logan, an inspirational feminist teacher, describes the daily challenges, conflicts, choices, and joys of a teaching approach that responds meaningfully to students' real lives, particularly those students-girls, blacks, Latinos, Asian-who have been marginalized by a standardized curriculum." -Vivian Gussin Paley, THE NATION
Through a rich collection of classroom stories, veteran San Francisco public school teacher Judy Logan offers both parents and teachers an innovative and inspiring approach to children's education.
About the Author
JUDY LOGAN is a consultant to the National S.E.E.D. Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) at the Wellesley Center for Research on Women. Her innovative teaching methods have been featured in TIME
magazine. She lives and teaches in San Francisco.