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5.0 out of 5 stars personal and challenging, September 20, 2012
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This review is from: Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight (Hardcover)
I was trolling streaming talk radio stations to see what ideas were being discussed on the "other" side of the political/social fence. I hit on a station in the middle of an interview with a direct, poised yet passionate voice for education transformation. The blunt yet courteous guest was not being led by the interviewer, but stayed on his point that our public educational system is failing. I was wide eared as there was little tap-dancing around, or qualifying in the guests implication of unions as a significant part of the problem. I had to dig a little in the stations programming schedule to get the guest's name - Dr Steve Perry.

That led me to Push Has Come to Shove, which Ive just completed. Dr Perry strikes me as sincere in his concern for education. There are sections of the book that are personal and introspective. This is not a an expose of educational horror stories, although it has some of that. Nor is it a social fantasy of some idealistic educational utopia, although Dr Perry has some ambitious goals I wonder if public education can ever achieve. It is, for me, a call to action.

The book has challenged me to reconsider if we the people can change the course of public education. Dr Perry challenges us to not accept failure as the new success. I wont be starting my own magnet school as Dr. Perry & his team have, but I can make sure I know who and what I'm voting for. I can make more of an effort to attend school activities, and make sure my opinions are respectfully made known. If I believe our public education system is necessary, important, and broken (I do), and I acknowledge that I as a member of the public am responsible, then I must assume a role in its repair.
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