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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Laernn (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615763340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615763347
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Megan Lisa Jones and I'm a sometimes author, former investment banker and now doing online stuff (long story). I live near the beach in Santa Monica, CA and stay sane by jogging/walking on the bike path and yoga classes. I read - a lot. With two children and many ongoing projects I never seem to get as much done as I expect I can.

I was born in California (up north) but grew up all over. Most of my youth was spent in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and my grandparents' farm in Wales. But, my parents also threw in Dallas and Boston. I escaped my ever changing realities by getting lost in books and then writing my own stories.

Both my parents are European immigrants and had dramatic tales of their romantic countries of origin. Wales, my father's homeland, is a rebellious part of Britain, birthplace of Merlin and full of fantasy stories. His town had rolling green hills, winding country roads and fields of animals. We'd go down to the stormy shore for ice cream. Poland, where my mother was born, had a devastating time in the 20th century and my family lived through Hitler, Stalin and then a move to the United States. My great grandparents had actually lived and prospered in the US before returning to Poland just prior to the start of the war. It was a tragic decision. Visiting Poland as an adult I couldn't help but imagine the soldiers my grandfather had known in the dense forests and lovely grassy knolls.

I traveled a lot while younger and those landscapes and lifestyles helped me learn empathy. We all see the world through different lenses. Wandering the streets of Varanasi I almost walked into a burning corpse then stumbled through a spice bazaar in a daze. In Paris I'd wake up each morning to run along the Seine, one of my favorite workouts. Then I'd eat dark chocolate with my coffee as a reward.

Captive is my first book. It reflects my youthful impressions of terrorism as I witnessed many a bomb scare in London on my way to Wales. And it also addresses a new mother's perspective on the wars all countries fight. Watching the US bomb Iraq while I held my new son I wondered at the pain of the children who were witness to such tragedy and how that would impact them. So I turned my thoughts and research into a story about two men. People are shaped by circumstance but how do we each respond to those challenges? How different do men become as a result of very different choices?

The book was featured by BitTorrent in its new artist program and has been downloaded globally. I love hearing from readers their impressions of my novel. Writing has the potential to impact others and I take that responsibility as a blessing.

I'm almost done with the sequel and will continue writing regardless. Recent favorites are Portraits of a Marriage and 11/22/63. I consider candy a food group, love horses and always prefer beach vacations to any others. All input, thoughts and insights are welcome.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hong Kong Expat on July 29, 2013
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The most useful book I have read this year! I am so thankful that I found it!

Like many parents, I am concerned about my children's education and whether our school system is preparing them to compete in the future. The author has created a concise yet comprehensive resource for parents to navigate their children's educational futures, relying on input from many great minds in education and business. Rather than being an academic treatise, the book provides nonpartisan, practical solutions and advice as well as an extensive reading list for those ambitious enough to follow it. The information should be of use to all parents, of all background and all ages of children.

I hope that others will find this as helpful as I have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krystyna on August 1, 2013
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There are a multitude of choices for our children's educations and the stakes are extremely high. This book offers a vast array of information as well as ideas and solutions to these questions.

Essentially, the book begins by defining the problem: our children are falling behind relative to others internationally; this even goes for our top performing students. The book then addresses how different things are for our children relative to past generations and explains how education must change to support the jobs of the future.

This work also includes checklists and many other resources for parents.
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