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ERIC Number: EJ932800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Bad Signs
Kohn, Alfie
Rethinking Schools, v25 n3 p44-49 Spr 2011
A person can tell quite a lot about what goes on in a classroom or a school even if he visits after everyone has gone home. Just by looking at the walls--or, more precisely, what is on the walls--it is possible to get a feel for the educational priorities, the attitudes about children, even the assumptions about human nature of the people in charge. A chart that the author created more than a decade ago called "What to Look for in a Classroom" listed some "Good Signs" along with "Possible Reasons to Worry." Among the latter: walls that are mostly bare, giving the building a stark, institutional feel; and posted displays that suggest either focus on control or an emphasis on relative performance. In this article, the author considers a few signs and posters that are generally regarded as innocuous or even inspiring. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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