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How to fix public education — Futile !

May 10, 2017 by Tunya

How To Fix Public Education — Spinning Wheels !

How-to books in education appear frdequently — whether by educators, journalists, parents or professors.  But, it seems little benefit or improvement has been seen.  Do YOU know of any book that has had "How-to" advice that made a difference?  ANY book, even without the how-to's,  made improvements ? ? ?

Magically, by reading a book, you will be able to help students in school. Or so we’re told. Here are a few such books. Historically, what ever happened to their message — and the authors? Many authors have been silenced, dismissed, discredited or ignored. (A yet unwritten story of how education critics are squelched !)

  1. Why Johnny Can’t Read, and what you can do about it, Rudolf Flesch, 1955
  2. The Literacy Hoax, the decline of reading, writing, and learning in the public schools and what we can do about it, Paul Copperman, 1980
  3. How To Fix What’s Wrong With our Schools — A Toolkit for Concerned Parents, Bertha Davis, Dorothy Arnof, 1983
  4. School’s Out, The catastrophe in public education and what we can do about it, Andrew Nikiforuk, 1993
  5. Beyond the Classroom – Why School Reform Has Failed and What Parents Need to Do, Laurence Steinberg, 1996
  6. Why Our Children Can't Read and What We Can Do About It, Diane McGuiness, 1998
  7. How to Get the Right Education For Your Child, Malkin Dare, 1998
  8. Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, Kelly Gallagher, 2009\
  9. Stop Beating the Dead Horse, Why the System of public education in the United States has Failed and What to do About it, Julie L. Casey, 2010
  10. What's Wrong with Our Schools: and How We Can Fix Them, Michael Zwaagstra, 2010
  11. Betrayed, how the education establishment has betrayed America and what you can do about it, Laurie H Rogers, 2010
  12. Teacher Proof: Why research in education doesn't always mean what it claims, and what you can do about it, Tom Bennett, 2013
  13. Raising Kids who READ, What Parents and Teachers Can do, Daniel T Willingham, 2015
  14. How to Fix What’s Wrong with our Schools A Toolkit for Concerned Parents, Davis Arnhof, 1983
  15. Below C Level: How American Education Encourages Mediocrity -­‐ and What We Can Do About It , Merrow, John, 2010 
  16. Teachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them by Paul E. Peterson, 2014
  17. Straight Talk to Parents: How You Can Help Your Child Get The Best Out Of School, Mary Susan Miller, Samm Sinclair Baker, 1976
  18. School on Trial, how freedom and creativity can fix our educational malpractice, Nikhil Goyal, 2016
  19. Making School Work, an education handbook for students, parents and professionals, Massachusetts Advocacy Center and Mass Law Reform Institute, 1975
  20. Loving Learning, how progressive education can save America’s schools, Tom Little, Katherine Ellison, 2015
  21. Language At The Speed Of Sight: How we read, why so many can’t, and what can be done about it, Mark Seidenberg, 2017




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