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Skills Mania

Snake Oil In Our Schools?

by Bob Davis

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published: May 2000
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publisher: Between the Lines
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InSkills Mania Bob Davis argues passionately that the emphasis in the secondary school classroom must shift from a technocratic, skills-based approach, to teaching and discussion that focuses on real, substantive issues. He also calls for a new emphasis on the teaching of history, a practice that has been sadly lacking in recent years. Two central qualities warm up this book: first the story is told through the author's own teaching, and second, the author presents us with an original and frank point of view. This is a stiring, engaged, and practical book.

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Bob Davis

BOB DAVIS taught for 23 years in two high schools in Metro Toronto. He also co-founded and edited two education magazines, This Magazine Is About Schools and Mudpie: Growing Up in Ontario.
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Bob Davis has taught in secondary schools for more than thirty years. He was the first chair of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Education Committee, and a co-founder ofThis Magazine is About Schools andMudpie magazine. He currently teaches Social Science at York University.

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[Davis] is a passionate and charismatic teacher who can seamlessly imbed the teaching of skills within the 'bursting framework of history, humankind, animal kind and the earth; war and peace; protest and self-knowledge; contemplation and the design of blueprints for change.

— Myra Novogrodsky, Our Schools/Our Selves

In Skills Mania, Davis offers every teacher the chance to examine one of the informing principles of our system and to reconsider the fundamental questions of the profession.

— Gayle Gibson, Education Forum

This is a book which moves beyond postmodern irony and skepticism, beyond the "current fashion of seeing through everything and owing allegiance to nothing." Bob Davis has issued a powerful clarion call to resist "training people who are mentally skilled but mindless." He is a lover of the big questions and the absolute possibility of meaningful human advancement. His book is a loving commentary on Einstein's dictum that "All means are but a blunt instrument if they have not behind them a living spirit."

— Ted Schmidt, Canadian Dimension

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