Waiting for Superman How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools

ISBN-10: 1586489275
ISBN-13: 9781586489274
Edition: 2010
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Description: The American public education system is in crisis. Millions of students attend "failure factories" that produce more drop-outs than graduates; millions more attend "nice" schools that mask mediocre achievement. The U.S.rs"s reading and math scores  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

The American public education system is in crisis. Millions of students attend "failure factories" that produce more drop-outs than graduates; millions more attend "nice" schools that mask mediocre achievement. The U.S.rs"s reading and math scores stagnate and even fall behind, while other countries continue to advance. But many are working to reinvent this system. The film Waiting for"Superman,"directed byAn Inconvenient Truthrs"s Davis Guggenheim, chronicles these efforts through the interlocking stories of a handful of students and families searching for alternatives, and of reformers proving that all kids can learn.Expanding on the filmrs"s arguments, the book Waiting for"Superman"explores politically charged topics through a series of essays by thinkers at the leading edge of educational innovation. It shows how failing schools destroy neighborhoods-not the reverse-and how research reveals that dedicated, attentive teachers are what help at-risk kids succeed. With candor, poignancy, and hope, this book encourages those inspired by the film to join the battle to save American education and our childrenrs"s future.

Adrian J. Slywotzky is vice president of Mercer Management Consulting, a New York-based strategy consulting firm. A resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was recently selected by "Industry Week" as one of the six most influential people in management, along with Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Peter Drucker, Andy Grove, & Michael Porter.Adrian J. Slywotzky, a partner of the global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, is one of the world's best-known business thinkers. Author of a string of popular, high-regarded management books, including THE PROFIT ZONE, VALUE MIGRATION and THE UPSIDE, Slywotzky has been lauded as one of the top 50 business thinkers by The Times and one of the world's six most influential management thinkers by Industry Week . Co-author Karl Weber is one of today's most successful writers and editors of general interest non-fiction. The bestsellers he has helped develop include Scott McClellan's explosive political memoir WHAT HAPPENED and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus's acclaimed works CREATING A WORLD WITHOUT POVERTY and BUILDING SOCIAL BUSINESS.

Prologue-The Problem
A Nation Still At Risk
The Film
Introduction: Waiting for "Superman"-The Story Behind the Movie
Voices from Waiting for "Superman"
The Making of Waiting for "Superman"
The Road to Super Tuesday
Francisco
Introduction: Francisco's Story
How Schools Kill Neighborhoods-and Can Help Save Them
The Difference Is Great Teachers
Emily
Introduction: Emily's Story
Calling All Citizens
Anthony
Introduction: Anthony's Story
Putting Kids First
Five Foundations for Student Success
Bianca
Introduction: Bianca's Story
What Really Makes a Super School?
Daisy
Introduction: Daisy's Story
Bringing Change to Scale: The Next Big Reform Challenge
Educating America's Young People for the Global Economy
What You Can do
How You Can Make a Difference: The Alliance for Excellent Education
Web Sites and Organizations Devoted to Children, Schools, and Education Reform
Mom Congress Lesson Plan for Change: Editors of Parenting magazine
Notes
Index

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