|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2011|
|Number of Pages:||252|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.11|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.38 x 1.0 x 9.37|
|Why Should You Care?|
|What Makes a Good Teacher?|
|How to Find Great Teachers|
|Anatomy of a Good Lesson|
|Dazed and Confused|
|Adults vs. Parents|
|I Have No Idea Where He Learned That...|
|Parents Are like Cars|
|Audit Your Home!|
|More Than They Can Handle: A Note to Your Teenager|
|Teachers' Unions: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Education|
|Life-and-Death Stakes of Accountability|
|Of, for, and by the People|
|Closing of the Old School|
|The Intern and the Senator|
|Leaders of the New School|
|New Schools, Old Books|
|Cracking the AP Myth|
|Time Keeps on Slippin'|
|It's Not About the Benjamins|
|Charters, Magnets, and Tradition|
|Vouchers Are a Real Solution|
|We Know What Works|
|Making a Life Making a Living|
|American Federation of Teachers 2011 Connecticut Legislative Agenda|
|We Are Capital Prep!|
Principal, CNN contributor, and motivational speaker Perry (Man Up! Nobody Is Coming To Save Us) offers parents candid advice on how to maximize their children's education. Part scathing commentary on the state of public education in the United States, part clarion call for parents to challenge the school system, this book is a timely addition to the debate on what's needed to fix the public education system. Readers will appreciate Perry's blunt, no-holds-barred, conversational tone as he aims to demystify school-based issues such as testing, accountability, what constitutes a good teacher, and teacher tenure.
Verdict: While his antiunion, charter-school-champion stance is likely to make some uncomfortable or even outraged, he presents an accessible and stimulating contribution to the public education debate. Highly recommended for parents, preservice and working teachers, college students, and others who have a vested interest in the system.
[See Prepub Alert, 3/14/11.] - Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Schs.
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“Have you been to a school lately? Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day? When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin’,” they’re telling the truth.”
Steve Perry is like no other educator you’ve ever met. He “gets it.” He understands why some parents are downright panicked about what’s 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% of its mostly minority students to four-year colleges -- Perry delights in poking the system. Present him with a “truth” about how education is supposed to work and – count on it – he’ll show it to be false.
Dictatorial teacher’s unions despise Steve Perry. So do lazy teachers. So do entrenched, unimaginative school boards. So do reactionary “curriculum guardians” who – as a lure to get kids reading – cling to the same old stodgy texts.
“That’s okay,” say Perry. That means he’s making a difference. In this book, his priority is to help kids who don’t 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.
If you’re a parent who has worried recently about how depressed your 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 your child’s homework is busywork, you need this book.
If you’re a teacher who is putting your heart and soul into the job but are surrounded by colleagues who are “phoning it in,” you need this book.
If you’re a committed, forward-thinking principal who wants to get rid of the faculty bad apples, but are continually stymied by Mafia-style teachers-unions, you need this book.
*If you’re a citizen who worries about the $1 trillion-plus GDP loss that America suffers every year because our system of education doesn’t measure up, you need this book.
In this solution-oriented manifesto, Steve Perry 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 aren’t getting the message…how to build a “school of the future,” and much more.
The era of third-rate education is over. Steve Perry isn’t going to let the fools and scoundrels get away with it any longer. Push has come to shove!
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