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Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight [Kindle Edition]

Steve Dr Perry
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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 behindAs 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!

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Guest Reviewer: Steve Harvey on Push Has Come to Shove
Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, and has become one of today’s most multi-faceted entertainers as a radio personality, actor, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV host. His bestselling books include Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Straight Talk, No Chaser. Harvey hosts the annual Hoodie Awards honoring community business and leaders, and he also mentors youth through the Steve Harvey Foundation.

Take it from a guy who knows what it’s like to work a lot of gigs: Dr. Steve Perry, who divides his time between being the planet’s most effective school principal and a shake-up-people’s-thinking contributor to CNN, is the hardest-working man in the education biz. And that’s damn lucky for the thousands of kids who, because of Perry’s “serious as a heart attack” approach to education, are now heading off to four-year colleges rather than talking trash on street corners. It’s lucky, too, for parents who get to read this amazing book. The title, Push Has Come to Shove, is pure Perry-- and so are the big fat water balloons Perry aims at the education system’s many culprits. But Perry isn’t just a funny-as-hell, fed-up-and-tired-of-excuses dude giving “don’t know jack” teacher’s-union goons, lazy teachers, and political hacks well deserved kicks in the pants, the man has real solutions. He lays it all out here: how to get your kid better teachers, a better curriculum, and a better future. I love Steve’s impatience: he doesn’t want any of us to be putting up one more day with what we’ve been putting up with. He wants your kid turned on right now to the idea of being smarter. It’s about time someone inside the education system pulled back the curtain on what’s lacking, so the common man can help his children get an exceptional education.

--Steve Harvey


"A stellar book…very powerful… Steve Perry, an extraordinary educator, is sick and tired of being sick and tired. America’s public schools are broken, and the kids who are bearing the brunt are mostly poor, black or Latino. Perry pulls no punches in showing that, while the kids fail, no one is accountable because the system protects the adults.  This book will upset some people, but that’s okay. Change doesn’t come quietly, and our kids desperately need change."
--Joel Klein, former New York City School Chancellor

Product Details

  • File Size: 1468 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307720322
  • Publisher: Crown (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPM1GW
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening October 7, 2011
I first heard of Dr. Perry and Capital Prep while viewing the documentary Waiting for Superman. While browsing one of my favorite blogs, Imagination Soup I read and excerpt from Push has Come to Shove. This book is definitely an eye opener. It's a must read for any teacher, parent or tax paying citizen. As he states it's not time for education reform it's time for a transformation. His tactics may seem a little harsh but it's time to get harsh...our children are suffering.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Perry- Start of an Educational Revolt? December 10, 2011
As both an educator and a parent, I found Steve Perry's "Push Has Come to Shove" thought-provoking, insightful and extremely passionate. I found myself agreeing with much of what he writes (holding teachers accountable for students' success, school vouchers that allow families a choice in the schools their children attend, too much of the educational budget going to school administration, and teachers' unions looking out more for the teachers than the students), and disagreeing with some (specifically his seeming lack of support for school libraries and classic literature). However, one of the signs of a great book is to make you debate, to think, to care enough to either agree or disagree. Better yet, I'm still trying to decide where I stand on several of his views! It is a book worth reading again, and this time, more slowly and introspectively. I received it last night through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, and finished it this morning. It has been a long time since a book about education kept me that engrossed. Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Perry, you will admire his passion for students and for teaching, and his vision for creating schools that really work for the students they are supposed to serve.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urgently Needed: Educational Excellence for ALL kids! November 22, 2011
By Temida
This is a compelling, deeply personal book, one in which Dr. Perry's intent to change the educational experience for ALL children in this country is expressed with urgency. Steve Perry has never forgotten what his college president had once said to him when he ran out of funds just before the graduation exams: "I can give you the money under one condition... that you use it to help kids like you have a chance." Indeed, Dr. Perry went on to create a school where all students, regardless of their challenges, get a chance to succeed: Capital Prep Magnet school in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Perry's prescription for good schools may not be revolutionary: make sure your school provides a safe and inviting environment for all students. Hire teachers who love and want to teach, and support them with proper and timely professional development. Don't overwhelm your staff with administrative requests. Give the teachers space to teach with passion and purpose. Set your goals and measure results based on curriculum objectives and not on minimum-standards' test results. Continuously expect excellence from teachers and students alike and keep your standards high for all. Ensure healthy morale around your building and expect great things to happen... and they will. At Dr. Perry's high school, all children are expected to go to college... and they do.

What is revolutionary in Dr. Perry's vision for great American education is his insistence that each and every one of the above qualities is present in HIS school. He points out how our public schools have grown dysfunctional and laden with budgeting inefficiencies as well as badly structured and outdated teacher's-union negotiated contracts.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's call em out... November 22, 2011
I read it and would love to see this book serve as a rally point for change. Teachers Unions beware, parents are NOT going to take it anymore. You fail us when you do not police your own ranks and weed out the slackers who do severe harm to our children, our economy and ultimately our country. I love his view from the inside, laying bare the ugly truth.

I read this book in one night and next day hand delivered it to my children's school guidance counselor, with the warning that he may not make any friends once he reads the book. I will paraphrase his review: Dr. Perry makes some good points, but he is a bit harsh. I would call it unvarnished and absolutely dead on. I'd nominate Dr. Perry our Education Czar, let's declare a national crisis, set the goal to be number one in the world and enpower Dr. Perry to make the necessary changes! We need to take Dr.Perry's message seriously. Well done Dr. Perry: Year round education, vouchers,longer school days; lets take education back from the self serving teacher's unions.

Parents need toread this book and take heed. I am currently considering moving my children to private school next year, where after interviewing schools I have found, absent the corrupt unions, adminstrators are not afraid to cull the deadwood.

I heard a quote that struck me: per student spending in the Buffalo,NY Public Schools if repurposed, would enable every student in that public school district to get the finest (and most expensive) education; every student, with spare money to return to the tax payer. This supports Dr. Perry's thesis that it is leadership, not money that's missing. Push has come to shove, it's broke, let's fix it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMEN!!!
For those who have grown beyond cursing the darkness and are ready to start lighting candles!!!
Published 1 month ago by dallas C Terrell
5.0 out of 5 stars ... is dedicated to helping our BLACK kids be the best they can be
It's gonna take someone such as Steve who is dedicated to helping our BLACK kids be the best they can be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hubert McCloud
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Marisa Dunmore
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Published 4 months ago by Mike Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
The fact that I am currently founding a charter school speaks volumes for the inspiration one can draw from this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LH
4.0 out of 5 stars Push as come to shove
I recommend this book to anyone who love's children, and to anyone who works with children.

I recommend this book to anyone who works in education period
Published 9 months ago by Diane Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the KABOOM!!!
This book breaks it down! After reading this if you really love your kids and you don't follow up with the call to action (if your child's school situation isn't good) then you... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment
Would advice every parent and educator to invest in the truth never told so elegantly, professional, intelligibly, exceptionally, and simply. Great resource.
Published 10 months ago by Nana
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother!
More self-promoting drivel from non-teacher Steve Perry. The claims he makes about"his" school have been debunked. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A Real Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Push Has Come to Shove
Push Has Come to Shove is written in a very easily understood fashion and helps a parent to choose the school most likely to educate his/her child. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Molly
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