Push Has Come to Shove
Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve, Even If It Means Picking A FightBook - 2011
This book is a guide to saving America's schools. Have you been to a school lately? Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of the excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day? When we ask our kids, "What did you do in school today?" and they mumble, "Nothin'," they are telling the truth. The author understands why some parents are downright panicked about what is going on in their kids' classrooms, and how other parents, whose kids supposedly attend the "good" schools, still fear that their children are falling behind. As principal of one of the best performing schools in America, one that sends 100 per cent of its mostly minority students to four-year colleges, the author delights in poking the system. Present him with a "truth" about how education is supposed to work and he will show it to be false. Dictatorial teachers' unions, lazy teachers, entrenched unimaginative school boards, reactionary "curriculum guardians" who, as a lure to get kids reading, cling to the same old stodgy texts, all despise him. That means he is making a difference. In this book, his priority is to help kids who do not have the advantage of going to his school, Capital Prep. He wants to save your kid, and the kid next door, and the kid down the street from getting a typical third rate American education. This book helps parents who have worried recently about how depressed their child seems when he dresses for school in the morning or how little of what happens during the school day seems to sink into her brain, or how much of their child's homework is busywork. It offers advice for teachers who are putting their heart and soul into the job but are surrounded by colleagues who are "phoning it in". It is a guide for committed, forward thinking principals who want to get rid of the faculty bad apples, but are continually stymied by Mafia style teachers' unions. Citizens who worry about the $1 trillion plus GDP loss that America suffers every year because our system of education does not measure up, will also find this book helpful. In this solution oriented guide, the author covers the full range of issues holding back today's students. He shows parents how to find great teachers (and get rid of the bad ones), how to make readers out of kids who hate to read, how to make the school curriculum thrilling rather than sleep inducing, how to conduct an all important education "home audit", how to "e-organize" if school boards and administrators are not getting the message, how to build a "school of the future," and much more.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2011
Description: xi, 252 p. ; 25 cm
Branch Call Number: 371.207 Per