From Publishers Weekly
Jones is a concerned parent with a background in finance, not education—something she makes clear from the beginning of her book. However, she provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies and tactics that modern parents can use to address the subpar American educational system and give their children the ability to get ahead in a challenging global economy. She does this through a mixture of interviews with teenagers, an exploration of educational theories, and her own assessments as a parent. While Jones offers many opinions on educational achievement and success, her advice sometimes misses the mark. While some of her suggestions, e.g., drawing children into enriching activities at home and focusing on digital literacy, will be useful to most children, others will likely be helpful only to privileged children and impractical for low-income families.
About the Author
About the author: Megan Lisa Jones is an investment banker, lawyer, writer, technologist and mom. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her two children and two Persian cats. A child of immigrants and Silicon Valley she believes that each person is fully capable of achieving their dreams if given the proper education, a fair opportunity and a lot of love. www.meganlisajones.com and www.blogspot.meganscribbles.com . After advising companies on being competitive and innovative for years she decided to tap her contact base, of innovators and founders, to provide guidance for children. Those that are creating jobs, when mixed with insight from educators, can best guide those children facing the world of tomorrow. And she also talks a lot to her two children, their friends and their teachers. Richard J. Riordan is the former Mayor of Los Angeles and California Secretary for Education. He also founded a law firm and two private equity firms. Riordan is a major driver of education reform and in creating charter schools. And avid reader and bicyclist, he remains an active leader in Los Angeles politics and business.