New Public School Parent: How to Get the Best Education for Your Elementary School Child

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Despite controversies over standardized testing, school funding, and teacher quality, more than ninety percent of American children attend public schools. In The New Public School Parent, parents will learn all they need to know about how the public school system works and, more importantly, how to navigate it to ensure that their children are getting the education that they deserve.

With The New Public School Parent, Bob Chase, a leading advocate for public education, provides ...

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Overview

Despite controversies over standardized testing, school funding, and teacher quality, more than ninety percent of American children attend public schools. In The New Public School Parent, parents will learn all they need to know about how the public school system works and, more importantly, how to navigate it to ensure that their children are getting the education that they deserve.

With The New Public School Parent, Bob Chase, a leading advocate for public education, provides parents with an empowerment tool that addresses the most important issues for public school parents today, such as:

• Getting the most out of the parent-teacher conference

• Facing standardized tests

• Understanding how your child learns

• Making sure your child is challenged

• What to do when your child falls behind

• Learning disabilities

Backed by solid data and the most current research available-including vivid, real-life examples-The New Public School Parent will help all parents decode the shifting and often perplexing experience of public schools.

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This accessible, readable book provides all the essential information and tools needed to make the public school experience a positive one for both parents and their children.

Writing from the standpoint of both an educator with 35 years under his belt and a parent with two children in public school, Bob Chase offers insight into topics that include identifying a quality teacher, dealing with a struggling student or one who is not being challenged, and navigating the juggernaut of standardized testing. Each chapter serves as a primer on a different facet of the often baffling world of public schooling -- terminology is defined, and bulleted lists explain key points. Parents dealing with critical concerns, such as a disabled child in a general classroom or vicious school bullying, are provided with practical information about their rights and what action can -- and should -- be expected from the school. Additional resources are listed at the end of each chapter for readers who wish to delve further into any topic.

Throughout, the book emphasizes awareness -- not just of what goes on in your child’s classroom but also of your position as a partner in your child’s education -- as well as open communication between parents, teachers, and school administrators. “The child-friendly school,” Chase writes, “realizes that learning goes best when it is linked with students’ lives.” This book will empower parents to become the strongest link between their child and a positive, enriching learning experience in the public school system. Karen Burns

Library Journal
Chase, a former middle-school teacher, is a leading advocate for public education and a two-term president of the National Education Association. Katz writes frequently on issues concerning parents and children. Their book aims to help parents steer the best course for their child in the increasingly complex world of public schools, which most of the nation's children attend. Public school systems and educational methods have become so daunting that while parents want the best possible education for their children they often have a hard time finding ways to become more involved. Chase shares his 35 years of experience in education as both a teacher and an advocate for public education about how schools work and how to make them work for parents. Backed by solid data and real-life examples, his book will help parents decipher the bewildering experience of public schools, establish a good rapport with their child's teacher as well as with school authorities, and become active participants in their child's learning. Parents will find it empowering to explore how their children learn in today's public schools. Recommended for school and public libraries. Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001363
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,437,869
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Chase is a two-term president of the National Education Association. A teacher for twenty-five years in the Connecticut public school system, he is a nationally known opinion-maker and his writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and a NEA sponsored column in the Washington Post.

Bob Katz's writing on children and parenting issues has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Parenting, and Parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    Outstanding Resource

    Recently we had to make a decision about whether we would enroll our son in a public or private school. This is a great resource for those who are thinking of private school and it's prohibitive cost. Our son is happily enrolled in public school and Mr. Chase's book was a great guide.

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