Book Review: Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks by David Greene

A few days ago, after receiving a new prescription, I picked up my eyeglasses. Reading David Greene’s book, Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks, was a similar eye-opening experience.

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What I saw every day was much clearer and more detailed, such as the trees across the street, individual leaves and all. In addition, there were things I had not really noticed much which were now clearly in view.

The practical things teachers do daily are clarified while keeping in mind all of those things which can clutter or damage what needs to be done to meet the needs of each student. For instance, what helps teachers teach while students grow and learn, and what interferes with this basic process?

“Adversarial relationships are also ruining public education. The most successful school districts have collegial agreements about teaching, curriculum design, and working conditions jointly resolved through a strong tie between administrators, parent groups, policy makers, and teacher collective-bargaining organizations, whether they are called unions or associations. The least successful districts seem to have far more adversarial relationships, or there is an attempt by those in power to destroy those organizations to save labor costs, regardless of the consequences.”

Teachers should teach. Eye doctors should examine and prescribe what is needed for better eyesight.

High stakes testing associated with CCSS is also held up for closer inspection. As Greene gives examples that range from A to Z in the daily workings of all involved in educating each child, he never loses focus of the ever shifting larger picture, such as the publicly financed education reform for private profit being foisted upon America today.

“Historically, how many times have we seen the rich and powerful ‘my way is the only way’ mantra? Usually in feudal societies, monarchies, or dictatorships, where either you are with us or against us. And we know what happens to those who are ‘against us.’ Is that how we want our education reform to perform? No.”

Doing the Right Thing is no defense of the status quo, especially the deformed, mandated, status quo intrusions of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core State Standards.

Greene clearly demonstrates the essentials of what education in America must focus on if our children are to learn and flourish.

Doing the Right Thing is available in libraries, from Barnes and Noble HERE, or from Amazon HERE.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks by David Greene

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  3. Mark says:

    Thank you.

  4. Did you read the same book I did? I’m wondering because some of the terms you claimed from the book were not actually used in it. I’m also concerned at the way you comprehend and interpreted the information. I found Mr. Greene’s observations to be accurate and forthright in regards to the issues facing education in America today. Maybe give the book another read. Mr. Greene spoke sincerely and from the heart. I wish writers and book reviewers had such courage.

    • Ken Previti says:

      I wrote a glowing review of David Greene’s book. Everything within quotation marks and in italics is directly from the book. You are inferring that my comprehension and interpretation stated that David’s book had inaccuracies and was not forthright regarding educational issues.
      I have no idea where or how you came to that conclusion about my review. I highly recommend David’s book.
      To quote what I myself wrote as a conclusion of the book review: “Greene clearly demonstrates the essentials of what education in America must focus on if our children are to learn and flourish.”
      Perhaps you did not read the same review that I wrote.
      In addition, look at the photo I took of David’s book and my glasses. David has chosen to use it at the top pf his Facebook page.
      I choose not to share David’s thank you note to me regarding what he himself thought of the review.

    • Ken Previti says:

      I wrote a glowing review of David Greene’s book. Everything within quotation marks and in italics is directly from the book. You are inferring that my comprehension and interpretation stated that David’s book had inaccuracies and was not forthright regarding educational issues.
      I have no idea where or how you came to that conclusion about my review. I highly recommend David’s book.
      To quote what I myself wrote as a conclusion of the book review: “Greene clearly demonstrates the essentials of what education in America must focus on if our children are to learn and flourish.”
      Perhaps you did not read the same review that I wrote.
      In addition, look at the photo I took of David’s book and my glasses. David has chosen to use it at the top pf his Facebook page.
      I choose not to share David’s thank you note to me regarding what he himself thought of the review.

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