Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids

Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids

by Nicole Baker Fulgham
     
 

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Children living in poverty have the same God-given potential as children in wealthier communities, but on average they achieve at significantly lower levels. Kids who both live in poverty and read below grade level by third grade are three times as likely not to graduate from high school as students who have never been poor. By the time children in low-income

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Children living in poverty have the same God-given potential as children in wealthier communities, but on average they achieve at significantly lower levels. Kids who both live in poverty and read below grade level by third grade are three times as likely not to graduate from high school as students who have never been poor. By the time children in low-income communities are in fourth grade, they're already three grade levels behind their peers in wealthier communities. More than half won't graduate from high school--and many that do graduate only perform at an eighth-grade level. Only one in ten will go on to graduate from college. These students have severely diminished opportunities for personal prosperity and professional success. It is clear that America's public schools do not provide a high quality public education for the sixteen million children growing up in poverty.

Education expert Nicole Baker Fulgham explores what Christians can--and should--do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools. The book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that all of God's children get the quality public education they deserve. It also features personal narratives from the author and other Christian public school teachers that demonstrate how the achievement gap in public education can be solved.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fulgham draws on her extensive experience as a teacher in poor regions of the United States to piece together this account of the harsh realities and inherent inequities of the American public education system. By walking readers through a survey of the current state of education in low-income areas, Fulgham successfully paints a picture showing the urgent need to move toward bridging a gross educational gap in public schools. She helps readers dispel the misperception that students in underachieving schools lack the competencies necessary to find educational success and to parlay that into lifelong opportunities. Pointing to the role of faith-based advocacy groups in major social revolutions such as desegregation, Fulgham calls for a similar movement to close the education gap. Focusing on Christianity as the moral compass to compel action, she points out that the call can and should stem from any spiritual mindset. Fulgham's call to action includes simple steps that individuals and groups can take to effect change. VERDICT This is an intriguing survey of the current inequity in education and would be a valuable read for any teacher, community organizer, or religiously oriented person or group moved to work toward the ultimate improvement of American society.—Brenna Smeall, Bellevue, NE
Publishers Weekly
Despite a strain of anti-intellectualism among extreme Christian conservatives, Christianity has historically been at the forefront in promoting both public and private educational systems. Baker Fulgham, who leads a faith-based education reform group, makes this point as she calls on Christians in this, her first book, to once again lead the way. While contributing valuable data on the “achievement gap” between low- and high-income schools, the systemic inequities that shape academic outcomes, and innovative grassroots models of church and public school partnerships, she excels at illustrating biblical principles and personal stories in a conversational tone sure to engage the reader. Her goal is clear: she’s on a mission to bring more people of faith into the fight to save the minds of America’s low-income children. Given the unpopularity of tax increases of any kind, however, it will be critical for Christians—especially the evangelicals whom Baker Fulgham particularly addresses—to use their “strong and powerful advocacy voice” for policies that will close educational gaps. Baker Fulgham is well-informed and stands on a firm historical foundation. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441241375
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
913,086
File size:
691 KB

Meet the Author

Nicole Baker Fulgham (PhD, UCLA) is president and founder of The Expectations Project, a national organization that mobilizes people of faith to support public education reform and close the academic achievement gap. She is the former vice president of faith community relations at Teach For America and has appeared on CNN and ABC News. Baker Fulgham was named to the list of "50 Women to Watch: Those Most Shaping the Church and Culture" by Christianity Today and one of "14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014" by the Center for American Progress. She lives in the Washington, DC area.

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