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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