Unlearning the Ropes

The Benefits of Rethinking What School Teaches You

Author: Denise Bressler
Narrator: Denise M. Bressler
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes
Publisher: DB Engagements
Released: Dec. 22, 2021
Genre: Non-Fiction

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As an educational researcher, Denise Bressler has spent a lot of time in today’s classrooms, and she is deeply concerned. Students are largely disengaged and unmotivated. How can that be? Learning should be a thrilling adventure, not drudgery.

Drawing on established learning theories and contemporary educational research, Unlearning the Ropes demonstrates that what people are tacitly taught by school is basically backwards. For example, school teaches that good grades matter, yet good grades don’t guarantee learning.

In Unlearning the Ropes, Bressler reveals the moments that changed her beliefs about education. Through relatable anecdotes, she helps listeners reframe the way they think about school, education, and learning. Rethinking what school teaches is the first step toward helping young people become enthusiastic learners.

Meet the Author: Denise M. Bressler

DENISE BRESSLER is an educational researcher and reformer. For over twenty years, Denise been developing and researching ways to make learning engaging for all students. She is driven by a passion to make learning exciting and equitable for everyone. Her new book, Unlearning the Ropes: The Benefits of Rethinking What School Teaches You, has been praised by New Times Bestselling author William Deresiewicz and popular educational keynote speaker Gary Stager. Denise received her A.B. from Princeton and her Ph.D. from Lehigh University. She is a seasoned snowboarder who loves coffee and jigsaw puzzles. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two children.

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