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.
“Brutally honest in its indictment of the status quo, PUSH HAS COME TO SHOVE amounts to an urgent clarion call for change by a relentlessly uncompromising iconoclast…Luckily, Dr. Perry only needs to point to the triumphs of his own program as proof that his innovative ideas deserve some serious consideration.”
—KamWilliams, syndicated reviewer
“PUSH HAS COME TO SHOVE is a must-read for parents concerned about their kids and feeling powerless against the system. Dr. Perry empowers parents through his suggestions.”
—Springfield Examiner (MA)
“Dr. Perry brings his rich background as a leading American educator to the forefront in his Push Has Come to Shove. He makes his book sizzle with the provocative. If you are a teacher, a parent, or a taxpayer, Push Has Come to Shove is a must read!”
—New York Journal of Books
“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…. Highly recommended for parents, preservice and working teachers, college students, and others who have a vested interest in the system.”
"A leading agitator for reform of the American school system outlines what needs to be done now, and why. Throughout the book, the author displays an admirably action-oriented approach, with plenty of advice for parents and others on how to get involved effectively."
"Dr. Steve Perry's refreshing honesty and fierce work ethic have made him successful in turning very bad schools into very good schools. This book he's written about how to help others do the same is pure gold."
“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
"I've long been a fan of Steve Perry's blunt, no-nonsense approach to improving American education. It's why Black In America2 focused on his school and his leadership. This book boils down all his trade secrets and brilliant advice: it's a must-have, a must-read and a must-apply!”
"Steve Perry is an anomaly in the world of education reform. Not only is he a smart, savvy educator with a proven track record of success with urban kids, he is unafraid. He knows that fixing our broken education system means kicking up some dirt, and he does so unapologetically. There is no stronger defender of the rights of children to attain an excellent education than Perry. His book provides common-sense solutions to the seemingly intractable problems of public education and should be read by everyone who wonders what's wrong with our schools."
—Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the DC Public Schools and CEO of StudentsFirst
"Steve Perry is an extraordinary leader and a much needed voice in the education reform debate. He is a successful African American educator who has upheld the highest of expectations for his students and ensured that they meet them. By following his example, we can ensure that Black children in our country are no longer subjugated to lesser standards and poor quality schools. His commitment to improving the lives of children by refusing to accept mediocrity is second to none. In this book, Dr. Perry shows he is willing to do anything to fight for what is most important--our kids."
—Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California
"Amazing…Perry lays it all out here: how to get your kids a better teacher, a better curriculum, and a better future…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, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man