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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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"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 (including parents, teachers and administrators) 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
I would recommend that all educators read this book.
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.
We need to get behind people like Dr. Perry so that we can improve the education of our children.
For those who have grown beyond cursing the darkness and are ready to start lighting candles!!!Published 1 month ago by dallas C Terrell
It's gonna take someone such as Steve who is dedicated to helping our BLACK kids be the best they can be. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hubert McCloud
The fact that I am currently founding a charter school speaks volumes for the inspiration one can draw from this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LH
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
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 morePublished 9 months ago by kendrick
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
More self-promoting drivel from non-teacher Steve Perry. The claims he makes about"his" school have been debunked. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A Real Teacher