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DA I LY STREET ART FA I R SUPPLEMENT

Wedne-dray, July 21, 1971

Page Fourteen-S DAILY STREET ART FAIR SUPPLEMENT Wedne:doy, July 21 1971

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(Continued from Page 7
comes out of the schools of edu-
cation?
The one redeeming aspect of
this unfortunate book is the ap-
pendix, which includes a far-
reaching bibliography of current
and historical writings on the
subject of grades and an intri-
guing proposal for an evaluation
procedure based upon a pass-
fail alternative. This lengthy
section, I would guess from its
contrasting quality, was written
by the author's research assist-
ant, Miss Sarah Engle, who is
acknowledged at the opening of
the book.
On the level of Wa-Ja-Get?,
but speaking to a different issue,
is How 2 Gerbils 20 Goldfish 200
Games 2000 Books And I Taught
Them How To Read. "Them" are
150 eighth grade ghetto children
the author, Steve Daniels, claims
to have taught to read. His
THE
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STREET ART

teaching technique is a steriliz-
ed version of the best of Kohl
and Holt, spiced with a few out-
dated methods preached to us by
ancient teachers who have, for
years, specialized in teaching
reading rather than children.
This is an arrogant book which
contributes very little while
boasting of old-hat methodology
and advice. Are the author's
true colors showing early on as
he suggests unnecessarily au-
thoritarian ways of working
with uncooperative children.
explaining that, "if the teacher
doesn't utilize this chance to
'assert his authority. the chil-
dren will?" I worry that this
statement reveals Daniels' con-
cept of learning. I was sorry too,
when I found that the title.
amusing as it is, is misleading.
Unfortunately, there isn't a list-
ing of the 200 games or the 2000
books that were supposed to
have helped teach Them to
read; there is only a shorter
bibliography of books (and a
few games: Daniels reports he
used in the "structured" part of
his r'eadinsg programi. (To myt
dismay. the boos : listed its
graded reading lv ts Nigger,
Rosemary's Baby, and In The
Heat Of The Night, for exam-
ple. were o a "n and up"
reading level! Perhapsd hi 2000
books and 200 ga n actually
been part of the r'o "i2 osut-
g-sed 1ire, this book might
have been more uscf:l.
Letter To A Teacher, by the
"Scthoolboys of 1 rbiana.'' 5w:
highly acclaimed by Robert
Coles and John 1Ho1 but was a
disappointment to me. This
paperback. available lot over a
Year in hardcov-r. is ai effort.
to documsnt the ways in which

Italian schools "wage w~r
against the poor." In spite of
the fact that I was in complete
agreement "with the authors'
main arguments against schools
and with their suggestions for
curriculum revision. I felt that
the issues were not well pre-
sented. The Letter is too ler-
thy and- too repetitive: it is a
tirade against teachers which
frequently loses its objective.
Too many unsupported accusa-
tions are asserted as facts. Per-
haps if the Boys'had spent more
time detailing some of the al-
ternative programs they imply.
the book would have been more
valuable. As it is, I think it is
greatly overrated.
Finally, a tiny little paper
back, Summerhill USA, has been
put together by the photogra-
pher Richard E. Bull, who vis-
ited ten experimental schools in
the United States that subscrie
to the Summerhillian philoso-
phies of England's A. S. Neill.
This book should be viewed as
two: one, a romantic and pie-
tu.esque travelogue through th
SId of free schools' th' oth'
a trite and disorganized joturisi
of philosophic stementsi tl: ,
by Suttnrhill people. Chapter
leads such as "Self-Govern-
teu.its' "Classes and Altert-
tsr ..and "Lit ing with Free-
a -atoempt tobringorder to
di ,rr'er, but neither the quot"
frot iith eteachersa rri cihildisri
nor lt illust rations de il #0
tli: topics suggeste'. 1d Susmmerhill
USA is a 'eet book 'showing
lots of pretty pictures of Real
Ptople absorbed in Real Tlins.
It smiles a lota tid it makes the
reader smile a lot. Utifortutiate-
ly it is a book otily of suishise
and has no substance.

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