Why Do We Gotta Do This Stuff, Mr. Nehring?

James Nehring, Author M. Evans and Company $15.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-87131-574-8
Nehring, a high school teacher in upstate New York, has insights into the adolescent learning mode that, if universally applied, might reverse the deterioration of public education. Taking his readers through a typical day, a composite of various assignments he has had, he exposes the ``tyranny'' of the 45-minute class period, the doling out of information to students of divergent attention spans, abilities and backgrounds, the administrative busyness that lends a feverish, ludicrous air to the enterprise of teaching. The remarkably flexible Nehring obviously enjoys his work, deftly illuminating ``that elusive point of intersection between student interests and academic aims, that ideal lesson.'' His day in a suburban public high school as depicted here is colorful and soberingly realistic. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Paperback - 978-0-449-90536-4
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