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This is a book that will get people talking - in book clubs, in parent groups, and in political arenas too. In it, Dr. Elaine Garan provides an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format to help readers think through the vital issues in education and parenting. It's a compelling, compassionate, and even entertaining must-read for anyone who cares about children and where their tax dollars are going.
An award-winning researcher and educator, Garan addresses all the hot-button topics that can confuse parents and concern teachers. These include:
You can use this book as a reference tool to seek out answers to specific questions you may have - but more than likely Garan's engaging writing style will have you turning pages almost as if you were reading a novel instead of a book packed with research-based facts. You'll be compelled to share this book with friends, family, and colleagues. To be sure, it will ruffle some feathers, but it will also open your eyes. This book will help you take back control of your own thinking and assume an informed and active role in our children's future.
School Reform and What it Means for Our Children
Schools, Wizards, and Pulling Back Curtains
Behind Curtain Number I: School Reform
Behind the Curtain of Accountability: All About Testing
A Hard Look at Stress and Competition
What Is Learning? How Do We Learn?
Bottom-Up Teaching, Methods, Materials, and Research
Government-Approved Programs, Methods, and the Research Claims
Top-Down Teaching, Methods, Materials, and Research
What Can We Do About It?