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Product Details

  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Books; 1 edition (January 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964569329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964569324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are a parent wrestling with the problem of education for your children, this book is for you. . ." -- Samuel L. Blumenfeld, Syndicated columnist, and author of "Homeschooling: Parent's Guide To Teaching Children," and author of seven other books on education and public schools

"Public Schools, Public Menace is a great resource for any parents who are interested in better education for their children. . ." -- Alan Bonsteel, M.D., author of "A Choice For Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America’s Schools"

"This book is a must-read for every parent. . ." -- Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Internationally-syndicated Radio talk host, and Author of "Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up Their Kids"

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This is a wonderful, brilliant book that every parent should read.
E. Graye
The book is well documented with footnotes and quotes from others, showing that the facts alleged here are not the imagination of the author.
This book is a MUST read for anyone concerned about the education that our children are receiving in the public school system.

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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on April 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Author Joel Turtel thoroughly educates readers about the condition of public schools in this country. This book is hard-hitting and packs a punch. Yet, the author has been careful to research his facts, and includes extensive footnotes and a bibliography.

Educating our nation's children is everyone's concern. Future leaders are sitting in classrooms today, and it's imperative that they receive a quality education. However, a close inspection of our schools reveals a disturbing and sometimes diabolical condition. From curriculum to corrective measures, the author clearly shows that the nation's education system is not deserving of a passing grade.

This book is divided into two parts, with the first section dealing with the abuses found in today's classrooms. Each chapter slowly and systematically sorts through the facts and fallacies, until readers get a true sense of the education system. The author backs up his opinions with solid statistics, as well as by personal accounts of parents, teachers, and students.

Although all of this information may alternately discourage or enrage readers, the author uses the last section of the book to give clear and practical options for educating children. Home schooling and Internet schools are explored with the same meticulous research that went into the first half of the book. Web sites and teaching materials are listed and critiqued. If anyone is seriously considering either of these educational options, the material presented here will provide a solid introduction.

The author unequivocally equips readers to understand and evaluate the education system, so they can make wise decisions about their children's futures. This reviewer applauds the time and effort it took to bring this book to publication.
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In Public Schools, Public Menace, author Joel Turtel unleashes a veritable full-scale assault on America's public school system, calling for nothing less than its complete disbandment. He then proceeds to describe a number of low-cost ways to fill the ensuing educational void. We all know the sad state of our public education system today, but I for one had never taken a step back to look at the whole picture. My own pet issues are political correctness, historical revisionism, and illiteracy, but Turtel shows these important areas of concern to be nothing more than the tip of the iceberg. The heart of the problem is the fact that our children now exist to serve the public school system instead of the public school system existing to serve our children. Turtel is spot on time and again in his descriptions of the many problems with public schools today, and his information on alternate, parent-driven means of education are of great value. If nothing else, parents will be much more aware of their options after reading this book, and that makes it invaluable - even if you don't agree with all of his conclusions. Personally, I would not make any decision based on this one book alone, and Turtel has supplied readers with a great storehouse of additional references. The public school system has obviously degraded a great deal since my younger days, and I don't have any children, yet I now plan on reading much more on the subject of public education - that's how eye-opening this book is.

There are basically two parts to this book. The first part details the problems plaguing public schools today - and they are legion. First and foremost is the fact that significant numbers of high school graduates are functionally illiterate. There is no excuse for this whatsoever.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Eight on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's ridiculous to think that this book or any others that criticize public schooling are saying that all people working and teaching in the system are bad. Everyone knows there are terrific, dedicated people working in the schools, indeed most of us know some people like that, but they are often hindered by the system and the rules. It's a perfectly legitimate question for discussion whether the 'system' is good, bad, broken, fixable, or should be abolished. John Taylor Gatto is one of those dedicated teachers who greatly deserved the teacher of the year awards he was given, and HE says public schools should be abolished. Indeed, he had success because he didn't conform and do what the 'system' said to.

I am a homeschooling mom of 8 who names all her kids after Bible names, but my main goal is a good education for my kids. With many American parents not sufficiently involved in their kids' lives, homeschooling is an awesome social trend that can only benefit the average family. I'm sure at least one of my kids didn't know much about the civil war at 12, but it's loving to learn, and having the tools of learning that counts. The 3 oldest have gone to college at 16 and done fine, and have been astounded at how much less history is known by the publicly- educated kids in their college classes. I was valedictorian from a private Christian school after attending public school as well, and now have been homeschooling and studying education for 20 years and am quite familiar with the issues and the lack of truly quality education in most public and private schools due to today's weak standards and time- wasting methods. If it's true that standardized tests with all their inherent faults are being dumbed down, how can it be exciting if test scores are up slightly?
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