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If you enjoy Russ Walsh's blog [...] this is a great addition to your tools.
Incidentally his informative blog is what captured my loyalty as a reader when I was frustrated and researching the 8th grade ELA curriculum and standards.
Keep reading, keep learning. Put this book on your summer reading list.
Mr. Walsh gave a perfect outline in his Table of Contents. He highlighted political issues in the first chapter, reminded me of the qualities of a good school in the second, gave me objective references for determining readiness for school in the third chapter, shared key ways to support my children as their parent in a school setting in the fourth and fifth chapters, and created discussion in our home after reading the chapter highlighting technology. Those topics would be enough to fill the book, but he also tackles the ABC's of education by sharing ways to get good teachers in the classroom, explaining the common core so that everyone can understand it, the options of standardized testing, and he even jumped into charter schools with both feet and he didn't even drown. It was impressive.
It is a must read for anyone that is in education because it helps us look at topics from a parental perspective. As parents, the book clears the haze from educational mumbo-jumbo and helps us be clear about what WE want from OUR school. Even community members without children would benefit from the readings because they help us understand why policies are made to enhance our schools and why public schools do not have to be a thing of the past.
While the entire book is worth reading, two particular topics stood out for me. The first involves the set up of the book. At the conclusion of the chapters, there is a list of resources. They include other places to look to for additional information. At other times, there is a place to go for other view points graciously letting the reader know that the author valued all options but thoughtfully came to this conclusion.
The second topic that stood out for me was the chapter about charter schools and homeschooling. As an author with a clear love for public traditional schooling, this chapter was full of understanding. He clearly explained what "choice schools" are and outlined the pros and cons for each. He referenced the big picture explaining that he believes that traditional public schools were the best bet for the future. However, his love for students was at the heart of this chapter as he saw education through the eyes of a parent. Rather than staying his course, he gave information so that one could choose wisely among the choices.It was at this final chapter that I came to the conclusion that all should read the book. Thoughtful. Kind to all sides. Necessary reading if educational improvement is on an agenda.
We have just requested that we be allowed to use it as a parent book club option for the spring...
In my opinion, this work should be required reading for all school board members and candidates as well.