Asking the Right Questions about Schools: A Parents' Guide

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Parents who want to be more involved in their child's education, who want to be aware of what their child should be learning, and who want to be an informed part of the education process, need to read this book. The first half of the book guides parents into an understanding of what a good education should look like—what skills and content children should learn, and the characteristics of a successful school. The second half is an action guide for improving education—keeping children from academic failure, ...

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Overview

Parents who want to be more involved in their child's education, who want to be aware of what their child should be learning, and who want to be an informed part of the education process, need to read this book. The first half of the book guides parents into an understanding of what a good education should look like—what skills and content children should learn, and the characteristics of a successful school. The second half is an action guide for improving education—keeping children from academic failure, raising standards, improving school safety, classroom teaching, and academic accountability. Each chapter stands alone, and together the result is a handbook for the informed parent.

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A book of advice for parents telling them what they should look for in schools in order to encourage a good education for their children. Advice is given for parents of kids having educational difficulty and for parents of kids who need greater challenges in school. Recognizing many of the hazards present in current American education is a large part of the material, but the major focus is on how parents can get involved with education in order to improve the quality of their children's schools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810841796
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Scarecrow Education Book Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Chrys Dougherty is the director of research at Just for the Kids, Austin, Texas. He previously had published an earlier edition of this book under the title Improving Your Child's Education: A Parent's Handbook for Working with Schools.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Part One: Learning about Schools Chapter 3 How Well is Your Child Doing in School? Chapter 4 What Should Your Child Learn? Chapter 5 What Has Your Child Learned? Chapter 6 How Good Are Your Local Schools? Chapter 7 Part Two: Making Schools Better Chapter 8 Preventing Academic Failure Chapter 9 Raising Academic Standards Chapter 10 Improving School Safety and Discipline Chapter 11 Improving Classroom Teaching and School Administration Chapter 12 Making Incentives Work Chapter 13 Improving Accountability in Education Chapter 14 Getting Involved Chapter 15 Appendix One: Terms Used by Educators Chapter 16 Appendix Two: Resources for Parents

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