Letters to the Next President What We Can Do about the Real Crisis in Public Education

ISBN-10: 0807748099

ISBN-13: 9780807748091

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Description: This stellar collection of more than 30 letters speaks to the heart of public education, the future of American students, and the need for an educated and engaged citizenry. Contributors include students, parents, teachers, prominent educators, and public leaders who write to our next president in an honest and direct way about the dangerous shortcomings of current state and federal policies. The letters provide provocative answers to critical questions such as:7What kind of education do we want for all of our children?7What changes must we make to achieve that goal?7How do we ensure that the voices of parents, teachers, students, and citizens who care deeply about public education are heard at local, state, and national levels?This timely volume provides a strong response to government intrusions that have resulted in thousands of pages of under-funded requirements for local schools and districts. It offers practical and just solutions for guaranteeing higher standards, real equity, and more responsible local control; for attracting and retaining good teachers; for improved school choice and the promise of small schools; for universal high-quality early childhood education and a rich, academically sound and engaging curriculum-including service learning-for all students.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Note on the 2008 Election Edition
Foreword: Where Do We Start to Sweep?
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Schools for All
Journey to a New Life
Helping Me to Raise My Hand
Creating Schools We Can Trust
If We Had the Will to See It Happen
Getting Our Responsibilities Right
It's Past Time to Fund What We Mandate
Financing America's Future-How Money Counts
Why We Need Public Education
Learning for All
Broken Roads and the Great Mother Earth
In Struggle and Hope
Nine Million Voices
How Our High School Makes a Difference
Putting the Arts Back in America's ABC's
When Does $1.00 Equal $7.00?
What They Do With the Other 73 Percent of Their Time
Teaching for All
My Students, My School
Teaching Darius to Dream
Why We Continue to Stay
The Gap Between What We Say and What We Do
Revolving Doors and Leaky Buckets
Standards for All
Choking the Life Out of Classrooms
What My Students Need to Know
The No-Win Accountability Game
Going Beyond the Slogans and Rhetoric
"...And Equal Education for All"
A President Who "Gets It"
Education for All
The Civic Mission of Schools
What We All Want for Each of Our Children
Postcards from America
Learning to Come Alive
Voices Closest to the Ones We Love
A Nation of Learners
Crafting Legislation
Conclusion: Schools That Work for All Children
Organizations for Parents, Educators, and Activists
Organizational Statement on the No Child Left Behind Act
About the Editor and Contributors
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