Quiet Wisdom

Teachers in the United States and England Talk about Standards, Practice and Professionalism

by John S. Lofty (Author)
©2006 Textbook X, 262 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 269


The sturm-und-drang quality of educational reforms in the United States and England has prompted educators to ask how curriculum changes will affect teaching and learning. Central government in England and state agencies in the United States increasingly control curriculum development by writing the standards, monitoring teaching, and assessing standards’ impact on students’ achievements. But how does increasing government regulation of education impact teachers’ professionalism and morale? In arguing that teachers need to retain significant control over what and how they teach, Quiet Wisdom addresses this question for elementary- and secondary-level English teaching. Quiet Wisdom should be read by every preservice and inservice English teacher in graduate-level teacher education courses. This book is also written for a wider audience of administrators, curriculum planners and policy makers.


X, 262
ISBN (Softcover)
Großbritannien Bildungsstandard USA English language-study English language-teaching Teacher professionalism Educational standard
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. X, 262 pp.

Biographical notes

John S. Lofty (Author)

The Author: John S. Lofty, originally from England, is a former middle- and secondary-level English teacher. He received his doctorate in English and education from the University of Michigan and is the author of Time to Write: The Influence of Time and Culture on Learning to Write (1992). He is Professor of English and Coordinator for the English teaching major program at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.


Title: Quiet Wisdom