The Best Schools

The Best Schools: How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice

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Explains how the real aims of education have been lost in the current push to raise test scores through what Dr. Armstrong calls “the academic achievement discourse.”.  Recommends that we return to the great developmental thinkers of the past, including Piaget, Montessori, Dewey, Steiner, to create a new discourse based on how children develop through the stages of life, rather than how they perform academically.  Suggests that early childhood development focus on play, elementary school gear the curriculum toward learning how the world works, middle schools create programs that develop the young adolescent’s social, emotional, and meta-cognitive growth, and high schools emphasize preparing students to live independently in the real world.  Foreword by David Elkind.   Publisher:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  ISBN-10: 141660457X; ISBN-13: 978

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