A. Wilson uses the tradition of English school inspection as a
mirror for reflecting on the dilemma in American School
accountability. Reaching for a Better Standard ranks as one of
the most authoritative description of inspection to date, but
its focus on American issues is what makes it compelling and controversial.
This book will be indispensable to all that are interested in
teaching, educational assessment, administration, leadership,
policy, and reform.
for this Book:
you could take [a] step back and see the whole inspection
process through other eyes? That is what Thomas A. Wilson's
Reaching for a Better Standard [Teachers College Press] allows.
This American book sets out to examine the English school
inspection system with a view to finding out whether there are
lessons to be learned for American schools.
written and lively, it makes absorbing reading – one of the
few education books you could read for pleasure. … It is
beautifully done, and entirely convincing."
Educational Supplement (London, November 15, 1996. Section
is a book which strikes at the cultural center of how we define
good work in schools Wilson speaks like an elder of the tribe,
and we all need to hear his wise words."
–Journal of Curriculum Studies
of what Tom Wilson so thoughtfully describes will hopefully be
adapted to our local school communities. He's given us tools
of immense value for tackling our own school crises."
Meier, Founder, Central Park East Schools
should pay attention to what Wilson tells us in this thorough
and important book. American education needs the fresh and
humane eye that the best of inspection can provide us."
R. Sizer, Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
book could not be more timely or significant. We need basic
change in our thought and practice of accountability. Wilson
points us on the way."
–Frederick Erickson , University of Pennsylvania
to provoke controversy as it challenges us to rethink how we
–Anthony S. Bryk, University of Chicago