Fixing Public Education
230 pp. ISBN: 978-1-61493-272-7
To be perfectly straightforward, all ten authors in this book, in their combined hundreds of years of experience in the American public school system, are convinced it is not going to work much longer—no matter how polite (or threatening) corporate America, politicians and ed-reformers may request, demand, or intimidate. Some of those who are appealing to “ramp up” education are genuinely concerned. Others feel righteous in bullying the playground’s defenseless kid: our educators. Realistically, it is not possible to change education to “catch up” with Finland, or Hong Kong or whoever you wish to compare our children with–nor do we need to catch up with anyone. That paranoia is a deliberate red herring by education re-formers, uninformed and ignorant politicians, and greedy corporate enterprises who have no compunction in seeing our children as little ATM machines. There are much better solutions than those proposed – which increase the stress and burden on an already over-burdened system – and one reason this book, Fixing Public Education, came into being. It started three years ago and has become a reality. It will be heralded. And criticized. And questioned. But it WILL start discussions in the right directions…and that is a lot.
We hope a few courageous communities will see the wisdom of this exciting, healthy, non-threatening way of educating and be willing to implement the January Education Model to show the world how learning can be enjoyable for everyone and will accelerate our Public school system beyond what we thought possible – And manifest America’s Edge that so many seem to worry about.