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Tyson-Bernstein, Harriet – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1988
Publishers are compelled by public policies and practices to produce textbooks that confuse students with non sequiturs, mislead them with misinformation, and bore them with pointlessly arid writing. Recommendations for textbook policy are proposed. (BJV)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation
Tyson-Bernstein, Harriet – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1988
Presents a fictionalized account illustrating the process by which willful states, misguided experts, cunning marketeers, and overworked teachers and administrators produce textbooks that are ill-written, confusing, misleading, and boring. (BJV)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation, Material Development
Tyson-Bernstein, Harriet – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
Discusses the following complaints about schools that, though brought up by religious fundamentalists, are deserving of consideration by more liberal Americans and educators: (1) neglect of moral values; (2) over-emphasis on the value of objectivity; (3) school management practices; and (4) a curriculum robbed of any point that might lead to…
Descriptors: Creationism, Curriculum, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education
Tyson-Bernstein, Harriet – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
During a 45-minute observation period, Texas teachers must demonstrate their abilities on a long checklist of "performance indicators." This approach, like its sister systems cropping up in other states, is based on a narrow, standardized, and superficial view of teaching. (Author)
Descriptors: Competence, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching (Occupation)