Not With Our Kids You Don't! Ten Strategies to Save Our Schools / Edition 1

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"Gadfly, expert, button queen...indefatigable kid-supporter...a passionate advocate for public schools and for all the children in them, Juanita is pounding the pavement for all the kids whose lives are threatened by high - stakes testing." So says fellow kid-supporter Susan Ohanian about Juanita Doyon, the "roving room mother of the resistance." Juanita is an activist and a parent who speaks with a parent's voice about the current state of education and what we can do about it. As she sees it, today's push for standards and accountability has transformed our schools into pressure cookers of standardized stew, facilitating nothing but heartburn and heartache. She's never accepted this - and neither should you!

Follow Juanita's lead in this step-by-step guide to becoming an effective, efficient educational activist.

  • Master the who/what/when/where/how/& why of fighting for educational change.
  • Communicate with everyone - from the local to the national.
  • See how a little button can spread your message far and wide.
  • Practice patience, honesty, respect, and humor - staples of the parent/school relationship - and watch as they pay off.
Skim this book for quick tips or delve into its all-encompassing plans and schemes. Stick your neck out or quietly support the out-there activism of others. Most of all, do not be a doormat - do as Doyon does and become involved.
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Editorial Reviews

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“In this era of the high-stakes, test-driven bureaucracy of our public schools, Juanita promotes sanity. Her personal accounts of activism as she questions and challenges the powers that be to achieve the goal of high-quality public education for our children are informative and inspiring. I highly recommend this book to all parents.”–Carol CarminatiParent/Member of, Boulder, Colorado

“Every community needs Juanita Doyon. Quick with a quip, Juanita brings common sense and practical cynicism to the task of empowering parents and teachers. Each chapter is full of sane, practical, and sometimes wildly funny examples of how real people can change the world. Juanitas brand of cheerful activism is democracy at its most profound and most practical levels. As a parent of four children, Juanita knows there is no such thing as a standard child. She respects those - mostly parents and teachers - who really know children up close and personally. In this book she shares simple strategies for finding and joining with others to defeat corporate-driven standards and accountability schemes. To the suits in administrative offices in state capitals, who scream "Accountability!" at teachers and parents, Juanita replies "Suits, account for thyselves!"”–George SheridanPresident, Black Oak Mine Teachers Association, CTA/NEA

“Ever wish you knew a fellow activist whom you could consult any time, day or night, and know that she (or he) would bring a balance of informed authority, shared concern, and a terrific sense of humor to bear? Reading this book is like having an experienced rabble-rouser (I can think of no higher compliment) at your side to cheer you on with both practical and philosophical bits of wisdom. Juanita practically brings you milk and cookies! What a treat! I can tell that this is the sort of book Ill want to keep handy on my shelf for the occasional shot in the arm, or a jog of my memory. On behalf of many parents who werent sure there was anything they could do to make a difference, "Thank you, Room Mother for the Resistance!"”–Marcia Weinerthome schooling mother and educational activist

“PRAISE for Not with Our Kids You Dont! Juanitas book makes education activism seem possible for anyone who cares enough to do it at any levelbaking cookies, making posters and buttons, or running for public office. Its a good balance of warnings about the potholes of activism and how-to encouragement.”–Teresa SaumCoordinator of the Minnesota Coalition for Authentic Reform in Education

“"No child left behind," they say? Just where do they think they're taking my child? "Its time for parents, teachers and local community members everywhere to gang up and take back our schools," writes Juanita Doyon. In this invaluable guidebook for the would-be activist, Juanita distills the best from her many years of education activism and delightfully details how to maximize your effectiveness in this noble endeavor!”–Tom JasperParent and elementary school teacher in the Pacific Northwest for 35 years

“The imperative need to regain local control of our schools is palpable with each page. If Ms. Doyons book does not take you from the couch to the boardroom, nothing will.”–William C. Cala, Ed.D.Superintendent, Fairport Schools, Fairport, New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004860
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Juanita Doyon is a public school parent/activist/advocate in Washington State. Through 18 years, traveling the maze of public education with her four children, she has gained an appreciation for the challenges and the opportunities that exist in our schools. In the current climate of high-stakes testing and standards, Juanita spends most of her time encouraging parents, teachers, students, and all of those who care about children and schools to work for academic freedom, justice, and sanity. Juanita is currently running for Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - on the "Parent Ticket."
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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Activist by Any Other Name Accelerated Agitation

View Every Individual as a Potential Ally

Study Up and Be Prepared

Look in the Mirror at the End of the Day

Plan Carefully, Think Ahead, and Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others

Don't Worry; Be Happy

Dish It Out With a Small Sterling Spoon

Waste Not, Want Not: Seize the Moment, the Idea, and the Half-price Printer Supplies

Appeal and Appeal to the Press

Learn from the Masters, but Think for Yourself

Work to Improve Social Realities Appendixes: A. The Activist's Cookbook B. Resource Gallery C. Sample Communications Tools

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    With our kids you Do!

    Juanita Doyon's excellent book on saving public education ought to be read by every teacher and every parent. Her righteous indignation at what has happened to the underprivileged in education sometimes seems extreme, but she is a mother with a mother's passions for her children and she obviously loves the children of others as passionately as her own. In her list of strategies she runs the risk of offending some readers who do not understand how much at risk our students' minds are. She pulls no punches. I've been an honored teacher for 31 years and only wish I'd read this book earlier. She expresses an unrivaled love of children. And isn't afraid to fight for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003


    'A concerned educator' has visited and critiqued a website that is not mine. I hope anyone who reads Not With Our Kids You Don't! will realize that grim reapers and swastikas are not my style. My website is, where you will find graphics similar to those in my book. Although the website that 'concerned educator' visited has my name listed as a WASL opponent, I do not subscribe to the negativism as activism that is represented there. In fact, one chapter of my book, 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,' brings this out quite clearly. I hope 'concerned educator' will read more of my book, so that he or she might discover that I encourage working with individuals within all organizations dedicated to improving education. For the most part, I agree with the reviewer's critique of the website he or she mistook for mine. Above all, being an effective shameless agitator requires a positive attitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    A Magnificent Contribution!

    Juanita Doyon has made a magnificent contribution to understanding and working to improve the current education situation. As grim as things appear some of the time, Ms. Doyon encourages parents that it is possible for their children to have a genuine learning experience in school -- far beyond anything a test could measure -- and her can-do attitude and practical advice are inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    What are you talking about, Concerned Educator????

    I don't have the slightest idea what the 'concerned educator' might have read or what web site s/he visited, but Juanita Doyen's website contains no swatikas or Nazi references. Juanita recommends evolutionary not revolutionary changes in the education system by working both within and outside the system to reclaim it for the kids and their parents. She drags nobody through the mud. Rather, she provides a synopsis of misguided education reform ideas, who's behind them and a simple cookbook approach toward taking education back from the educrats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    The Erma Bombeck of Education Reform

    This book is terrific. A wonderful how-to manual for parents and teachers who want to resist unreasonable state and federal school regulations but need help doing so with a smile, armed with a plate of warm cookies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2003

    They don't call her the 'Room Mother of the Resistance' for nothing!

    It seems as though 'Not With Our Kids You Don't' was written just for me. I laughed out loud and my husband rolled his eyes and nodded in agreement when I read him this home-hitting excerpt ... 'When I say I'm a 'full-time activist,' I actually mean I'm obsessed. My family is extremely understanding; my husband hardly ever throws a fit about the cluttered house or the lack of a decent meal.' (Pg. 48) I am one of the lucky ones - early on in my foray into activism, I received an email of welcome from Juanita Doyon (a.k.a. the Button Lady; the Room Mother of the Resistance). She's the one that broke the news to me -- 'Oh you've got it bad' she wrote with a 'giggle, giggle' added for good humor. Now I use Juanita's book as a special gift to break the news to new activists I meet along the resistance trail - on the inside cover I write 'Welcome to the obsession.' Behind every successful education activist there is a lot of friendship, great advice, and good natured ribbing -- this indispensable book is a great way to spead it around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    We can't ignore what's happening to the kids

    Juanita Doyon is a strong advocate for school community partnerships. She believes in leaving a little creative breathing room for parents, teachers, and students. Best of all, she is willing to step up and do something to stop the bureaucratic nonsense. So many of us are sick of testing and accountability reporting. What happened to understanding and motivating the individual child? I think Juanita is right on and provides constructive ideas for those wanting to help the children and the public education system. I have no idea what this other reviewer is talking about regarding her web site. Huh?

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