- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 8, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787966568
- ISBN-13: 978-0787966560
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family Matters : How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing 1st Edition
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"Too many Americans are eager to blame the media or teachers for their children?s failure to learn. In Family Matters Rob Evans has the courage to tell the simple truth: parents in America are abdicating their responsibilities. They are not sending children to school who are ready to learn, and educators are being overwhelmed by the behavioral problems and emotional needs of under-parented children. In this persuasive and powerful book, Dr. Evans cuts through our national denial and offers both a hard-headed analysis of our parenting failures and realistic school-based solutions to these problems."
—Michael Thompson, coauthor, Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies
"In a brave and winning combination of information, analysis, anecdotes, and personal observations, Rob Evans makes a forthright, powerful case for renewed and respectful school-family collaboration on behalf of children."
—Theodore R. Sizer, Coalition of Essential Schools
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As an example, in writing of the rise in time children spend in daycare, Evans insists that most of the "several thousand educators" he meets each year are "deeply dismayed by the numbers of young children who spend long hours in day care." Somehow he manages to immediately couple that with a quote from Sylvia Hewlitt by writing that "the massive increase in the time adults spend in the workplace means, for youth, 'little contact with parents and large quantities of time badly spent.'" Where did "time badly spent" come from? There is nothing in the author's text to support this. In fact, he immediately follows by admitting that many studies have concluded that there is no evidence that quality day care harms children. He goes on to admit that, in fact, daycare is more advantageous in some cases.
Administrators, teachers, and conservatives who like to blame parents (especially working parents) and children for all things negative happening in schools today may find this book useful in attempting to support their views. Of course, since the book does not actually substantiate its claims, that support will only be an imaginary soapbox on which to stand.
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