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Straight Talk About Schools Today: Understand the System and Help Your Child Succeed Paperback – June 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1575422190 ISBN-10: 1575422190

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575422190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575422190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A great tool for making sense of it all.”—Tim Sullivan, Founder, PTO Today, Inc.

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iParenting Media Awards "Greatest Product" for 2007

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An award-winning teacher and writer, Judy Molland has keenly observed and actively participated in the world of education for over twenty-five years, both in the U.S. and in her native England. She holds a B.A. Honors degree from the University of Hull, U.K., and a Diploma in Education from the University of London. A chance meeting with an editor at Parents magazine in New York resulted in a freelance assignment on teaching tolerance to young children. To her delight, Judy discovered that she loved writing about education, and this led to her pursuing a combined career of teacher/writer. She has published numerous articles, and 2007 saw the publication of her first book, Straight Talk About Schools Today. An avid skier, backpacker, hiker and rock climber, Judy is excited to share her passion for the outdoors in her second book, Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book in hand on August 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a very helpful guide for any parent trying to navigate the elementary and secondary school system. Includes information on private and public schools and anything in between (charter, magnet schools). Also provides good advice for dealing with teachers and administrators in order to help ensure your student's success in the school environment. Terrific organization of chapters; love the index. Takes into account a variety of situations and addresses parent's rights within the school context. Also provides a very balanced view regarding the value of standardized testing and scoring, which can be very confusing to both students and parents. Quite a valuable resource which I would recommend to any parent of school age children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Scheer on July 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Educator/writer Molland provides information and answers to questions I thought I should have known about our school system, but was afraid to ask. This is a reader-friendly, easily accessible guide for every parent. Read it now, arm yourself with information BEFORE you actually need to inquire of or confront the authorities at your local school. You'll be glad you did - in fact, both you and your child(ren) will be happy you did. This is a must-read for all parents. I highly recommend this very important new guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Simms on July 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This well-organized, easy-to-use guide has answers to questions that I didn't even know I would have about today's education system. The discussion of sometimes difficult topics, Q & A, lists of additional resources, and glossary of "Edu-Speak" terms will make it easier for parents to communicate with their kids' teachers without feeling intimidated by their lack of familiarity with schools today.I only wish this book had been available when my child was a student, I would have felt so much more comfortable being involved with his education.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Award-winning teacher and writer Judy Molland presents Straight Talk About Schools Today 101 Q&As for Parents: Understand the System and Help Your Child Succeed, a question-and-answer format guide discussing what modern parents most need to know. Chapters cover what No Child Left Behind is and how it affects one's child, what charter schools are and how they work, what to do if one's child has a learning disability or disorder, steps one can take if one's child is being bullied at school, good ways to discuss grades and report cards with one's children, and much more. Contact information for a wealth of helpful organizations round out this extremely practical and accessible guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Nordberg on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have four year old twins and am constantly anxious about navigating them through the public school system. This book is just what I was looking for. The section about preparing for kindergarten has totally given me some tips and a place to start. I'm finding the information about charter and magnet schools, open enrollment, and teacher conferences particularly helpful as well. The book is easy to read, and broken into logical sections. I would recommend this to any mom!
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