Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

Doing School How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out Materialistic and Miseducated Students This book offers a revealing and troubling view of today s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success Veteran teacher Denise Pope follows five highly regarded students throu

  • Title: Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
  • Author: Denise Clark Pope
  • ISBN: 9780300098334
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book offers a revealing and troubling view of today s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success Veteran teacher Denise Pope follows five highly regarded students through a school year and discovers that these young people believe getting ahead requires manipulating the system, scheming, lying, and cheating On the one hand, they work hardThis book offers a revealing and troubling view of today s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success Veteran teacher Denise Pope follows five highly regarded students through a school year and discovers that these young people believe getting ahead requires manipulating the system, scheming, lying, and cheating On the one hand, they work hard in school, participate in extracurricular activities, serve their communities, earn awards and honors, and appear to uphold school values But on the other hand, they feel that in order to get ahead they must compromise their values In short, they do school that is, they are not really engaged with learning nor can they commit to such values as integrity and community.The words and actions of these five students two boys and three girls from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds underscore the frustrations of being caught in a grade trap that pins future success to high grades and test scores Their stories raise critical questions that are too important for parents, educators, and community leaders to ignore Are schools cultivating an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, cooperation, and integrity Or are they fostering anxiety, deception, and hostility Do today s schools inadvertently impede the very values they claim to embrace Is the success that current assessment practices measure the kind of success we want for our children

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    1. As a high school teacher, I would have to say this depiction of American high schools is fairly accurate. Though the school being profiled seems to be an elite one, the mix of students represented does provide a diversity of perspectives. I would love to see a similar book with the teachers' perspectives on their roles and why they make the decisions they do. From my own view, teachers at all levels feel pressure from many angles and often feel constrained by the very system they are working in [...]

    2. 2.5 stars, because I was disappointed in the lack of author analysis and solutions. This book profiles a handful of kids in an affluent CA high school (it's anonymized but my guess is Bay Area) in the late 1990s-2000. I imagine they graduated the same year I did or maybe the year before.The kids:Kevin- half Japanese, high tracked slacker with a competitive streakEve- Chinese animatron student giving herself ulcers with stress, bound for the Ivy LeagueTeresa- [illegal?] Mexican immigrant with hig [...]

    3. Pope portrays very clearly how students get caught up in the rat race of grades and resume-building. It is unfortunate that the prevailing view about education is that you have to be a top notch student to survive in our country. Education becomes about getting a good job and not about cultivating a love of learning and gaining true knowledge. Pope doesn't offer many solutions, but the few she does offer are not on point. Students will be delivered from this rat-race when they have parents and t [...]

    4. A fellow teacher recommended this book to me. "You'll be appalled and discouraged!" she warned. After reading this, however, I was not appalled or discouraged, and I was actually dumbfounded as to how she had been teaching for so long and was [appalled and discouraged]. The general idea of this expose is that someone (an admissions officer from Stanford, actually) follows 5 students who are considered the "top of the top" at a privileged high school in California for a year (I'm fairly certain b [...]

    5. As a teacher, I do understand, and even desire, the need for educational reform. I agree with some of the points the author makes in this book. However, I am concerned with the limited scope of the study and the lack of consideration of other aspects of the students' lives than just the school system. The book points out all of the issues with the current public school system, and states that there are solutions, but it never discusses any of these said solutions. I am tired of books that choose [...]

    6. Doing School reveals a disturbing trend in today's high schools. Denise Pope introduces the reader to five students who will stop at nothing to get good grades, including sacrificing their morals. Based on the belief that their grades will be the determinant of their future lives, the reader cannot help but empathize. As such, Pope stresses the importance of taking a closer look at the messages that are sent to today's youth. Sad but true, “doing school” has caused students to lose their LOV [...]

    7. Eh. Not great, but not terrible. I wasn't a fan of the mostly anecdotal approach; I would have appreciated more concrete, quantitative research. It was well-written, but it certainly didn't offer any alternatives to the "stressed-out" schools under which we operate.

    8. Look around, there are always students in every school who take all the AP and honors classes, has the perfect GPA, is a three season varsity athlete, and serve their community. Denise Clark Pope reveals the behind the scene of highly regarded five students to discover what these students believe to take to be such a “perfect” students in her book, Doing School. It is a fascinating book to discover and agree with the students who face challenges and struggle to keep up with high expectations [...]

    9. Doing School: How We are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated StudentsBy Denise Clark PopeYale University Press. 240ppBN-13: 9780300098334Although this book was written in 2003, everything in the book is very much relevant today, if not more now than it was then. This book by Denise Clark Pope explores the stories of a few students who go to elite high schools and follows what they do in order to succeed. Things range from pulling all-nighters, to cheating, to gi [...]

    10. Pope writes about our educational blight with authoritative yet anecdotal evidence; her account lacks charts and surveys and averages and instead focuses on tracking five students over the span of a school year at Faircrest High in California.Our schools (I speak as one from within) have been blighted by some kind of competitive black spot that has an insiduously-effective capacity to taint so many students to "do school." Students, instead of learning for the joy of learning, establish allies a [...]

    11. This book is a lot less scary, and a lot less policy intervention-oriented, than the title leads one to believe. I'm not sure about Pope's strategy of intensively following just five students. Sure, doing extreme cases is fine, but I don't know that having them identified entirely by the school was the best way to go. I think she might have done better to start out observing larger groups of students, and then choose several to focus in on herself. That might have helped the students she gives p [...]

    12. 3.75 stars. An excellent read that follows several over-achieving students who all have different ways about achieving success in school, and none of whom are happy about their options and the boxes they are forced to fit themselves into to do so. I was impressed with the writing of the author and I was intrigued by the stories of each of the kids, especially Roberto and Michelle. I think the book makes excellent points about how the competitive atmosphere of college-prep education makes high sc [...]

    13. I found this book a little frustrating. I agree with the premise that we should define success on an individual basis and help students achieve that success. And these students all claim to be motivated to get good grades in order to get into college. So they have defined success that way, and they work for it. My classrooms are full of a mix of students, some with goals, and some without. Where do the goals come from? Who will define success for each student?These case studies followed only stu [...]

    14. This wasn't really earth-shattering or shocking, but because I spend so much time thinking through at-risk populations, it was good to think about how the middle class are living. The problem for both ends of the spectrum is the same--they either can't "do" school or they can, but neither set is deeply engaged in learning. I think the solution is similar but of course I am a reformer so I can afford to be optimistic.Great read for anyone who thinks that the school system is doing "fine" and that [...]

    15. The author followed and interviewed 5 high achieving students in a good public school in California several years ago. She found that they were not spending much time engaging in learning, but lots of stress, system working and competing, with varying results. Not sure why this one book has taken off with educators, it seems to me that watching any individual within a system is an eye opening experience. We generally know that high school systems leave a lot to be desired, but that including the [...]

    16. This book is based on shadowing and in-depth interviews of five successful high school students. Sadly (but perhaps not surprisingly) the author concludes that students--even the best and the brightest--are not really engaged in the learning process, but rather, are just "doing school". When ARE students engaged? Typically only when doing project-based learning or in extracurricular activities. These are the ideal learning experiences--when students feel an intrinsic motivation to do well, when [...]

    17. This is a book I read for work, because a local PTA is reading it and we considered doing a program related to it. It followed the lives of 5 students in high school for one year. Basically, they were all "good" students, but not how you might think. All of them cheated in one way or another. Many knew how to manipulate the teachers and the system and all of them were multi-taskers (doing another subject's homework in a different class, having jobs, clubs, etc). Most of the information I knew. Y [...]

    18. This was a really excellent book that chronicles the lives of several high school students from different socio-economic backgrounds - it is such an eye opening view into the world of high school today. It's no longer about getting an education - high school is all about firming up your list of credentials to get into competitive colleges. These kids no longer experienced being high schoolers the way previous generations did - they only have time to sleep a few hours a night. The rest of the tim [...]

    19. As a college education student only two years separated from my high school years, I related to these students in many ways. I saw their struggles and remember doing many of the same things to "get the grade." And while these cases were incredibly interesting, I was disappointed that there was no real in-depth analysis or solutions offered. I get there is no obvious, end-all solution; we would have tried it already. But as a future educator, I'm not sure what to do with this information presente [...]

    20. An example of an ethnographic study. I really like how she presents an academic research in a comprehensive way. Easy to read, easy to understand but to be honest, makes me sad. I'm sad for the students all over the world who have to sacrifice their childhood because of marketization and performativity. Sadly the parents force them to do that I hope I won't be one of those parents. However, I'm impressed by these students' perseverence and hard work. They are ambitious, and despite of such a you [...]

    21. A fantastic book by a fantastic teacher. Not only does Denise cut right through the "unwritten curriculum"--what kids actually learn from school--she also practices what she preaches. She was by far my best teacher in grad school. Being in her classes were an absolute joy because we were never asked to "do school" instead getting to the core of what we were learning. This is not easily done--it takes teachers who are highly skilled at their craft and a school environment that supports this kind [...]

    22. Excellent look at the focus of a group of students on "playing school" vs. learning for the love of learning (in most cases). Although the sample size is small (5 students) the author does a great job - I feel - if weaving a narrative on how these students see school: grub the points, get the grade, get into a good school, make a lot of money. As a teacher, I reflected on what I see in the classroom and it gave me some good ideas to better steer my students towards mastery learning vs. grade gru [...]

    23. The title of this book is excessively inflammatory & judgmental. The author's descriptions of students "working" the system accurately depicts my high school experiences in the 90s and I'm not surprised we have more of the same going on today. I really can't say that I would recommend this book to anyone for any sort of educational insight but it was interesting to get to know the students. Don't hate the player, hate the game. ;-)

    24. This was a tough book to read. When I went through high school well over thirty years ago, I can honestly say my priority was learning, and making good grades was important but not the most important thing. Times have clearly changed, but not not in a good way. Our system of education is placing unrealistic demands on students and rewarding outcomes that are often the result of negative behavior. This needs to change, but where do we begin????

    25. Interesting read for parents and teachers. Having taught high schoolers, no real surprise but a good reminder that "performing well" doesn't always mean "learning" and reiterates the need to evaluate students in different ways in addition to grades and tests. Also made me really emphasize with the students who felt an overwhelming pressure to perform well from teachers and parents alike.

    26. The practices of the students in this study stressed me out just reading about them. I believe this valuable research on the subject of the construct of many of our schools and the ways students (and teachers) adapt to work the system. It was a good read, ad I recommend it to anyone interested in the state of our schools and students.

    27. I began reading this for a job interview that did not pan out. I continued to read it because the message in her work is critical for the field of education today. I am very interested in the direction we take and the philosophies we embrace in education and the impact it has and will have on our children.

    28. Interesting book about adaptations that five students from an elite high school do to "succeed". Information was validated by my daughter who also attends a similar school that was depicted in the book. The book highlights the choices that high school students may need to make between love of learning vs. what is needed by society to "succeed".

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