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Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011
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“An important, well-researched wake-up call, and any part of it that educators and lawmakers take into account is worthwhile”
Diane Ravitch, Author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
“David Kirp’s book could change the policy debate about how to improve the lives of children. It’s smart, sharp, and clear about what we need to do to lift the kids who need help the most.”
Robert B. Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Chancellor’s Professor Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
“In an era when answers to America’s myriad social problems seem dismally remote, David Kirp comes to the rescue with important ideas for giving our kids better lives. Kirp thinks big, writes beautifully, and compels our attention. His agenda is practical and necessary. And if America’s children had any political clout, they’d demand it.”
Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Yale University
“David Kirp is a leading scholar who in this book provides us with a knowledge-based, cradle-to-college agenda that merits the attention of every parent and policymaker in America.”
"Kids Firstis an eye-opener, a Lasik-like procedure to cure the tunnel vision that afflicts many of those who fancy themselves education experts. Kirp shines a light on what we need to do outside of schools even as we seek to redesign our schools to prepare students to succeed in today's fast-changing world."
Kirkus, January 15, 2011
“An important, well-researched wake-up call, and any part of it that educators and lawmakers take into account is worthwhile.”
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teaching parents to teach their kids - The much-discussed nurse-family partnership serves as a prime example of a program in which parents are offered assistance with childrearing.
delivering brainy education to tots - The Perry Preschool Project and Abcedarian Project are discussed along with a few other select successful educational early childhood initiatives.
creating academies of learning and life - The discussion revolves around the Harlem Children's Zone and the Children's Aid Society schools are as examples of "community schools" -- schools that incorporate various other community services along with their academics.
the kindness of strangers - Mentoring programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and others are discussed.
the universal piggy bank - "Baby bonds" in Maine, the UK, and elsewhere are part of a discussion of starting all kids with savings accounts for college upon birth (and possibly matching contributions to those accounts).Read more ›
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Returned. Please! A "political" book. A "it takes a village-type" of writing!Published 9 months ago by Angie Smith