Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight

Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight

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by Steve Perry
     
 

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When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin',” they’re telling the truth.

Steve Perry gets it. He understands why some parents are panicked about what’s going on in their kids’ classrooms, and how other parents, whose kids supposedly attend the “good&rdquo

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When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin',” they’re telling the truth.

Steve Perry gets it. He understands why some parents are panicked about what’s going on in their kids’ classrooms, and how other parents, whose kids supposedly attend the “good” schools, still fear that their children are falling behind. As principal of one of the best performing schools in America – one that sends 100% of its mostly minority students to four-year colleges – Perry delights in proving “the system” wrong.

In this solution-oriented manifesto, Perry covers the full range of issues holding back today’s students. He shows parents and principals how to find great teachers (and get rid of the bad ones), how to make readers out of kids who hate to read, how to make the school curriculum thrilling rather than sleep-inducing, how to conduct an all-important education “home audit,” how to “e-organize” if school boards and administrators aren’t getting the message, how to build a “school of the future,” and much more.

The era of third-rate education is over. Push has come to shove!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dr. Steve Perry's refreshing honesty and fierce work ethic have made him successful in turning very bad schools into very good schools.  This book he's written about how to help others (including parents, teachers and administrators) do the same is pure gold."
—Bill Cosby
 
“A stellar book…very powerful… Steve Perry, an extraordinary educator, is sick and tired of being sick and tired.  America’s public schools are broken, and the kids who are bearing the brunt are mostly poor, black or Latino.  Perry pulls no punches in showing that, while the kids fail, no one is accountable because the system protects the adults.  This book will upset some people, but that’s okay.  Change doesn’t come quietly, and our kids desperately need change.”
—Joel Klein, former New York City School Chancellor
 
"I've long been a fan of Steve Perry's blunt, no-nonsense approach to improving American education.  It's why Black In America2 focused on his school and his leadership.  This book boils down all his trade secrets and brilliant advice:  it's a must-have, a must-read and a must-apply!”
—Soledad O’Brien

"Steve Perry is an anomaly in the world of education reform. Not only is he a smart, savvy educator with a proven track record of success with urban kids, he is unafraid.  He knows that fixing our broken education system means kicking up some dirt, and he does so unapologetically.  There is no stronger defender of the rights of children to attain an excellent education than Perry.  His book provides common-sense solutions to the seemingly intractable problems of public education and should be read by everyone who wonders what's wrong with our schools."
—Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the DC Public Schools and CEO of StudentsFirst.
 
"Steve Perry is an extraordinary leader and a much needed voice in the education reform debate.  He is a successful African American educator who has upheld the highest of expectations for his students and ensured that they meet them.  By following his example, we can ensure that Black children in our country are no longer subjugated to lesser standards and poor quality schools.  His commitment to improving the lives of children by refusing to accept mediocrity is second to none.  In this book, Dr. Perry shows he is willing to do anything to fight for what is most important—our kids."
—Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307720320
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
208,513
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"Dr. Steve Perry's refreshing honesty and fierce work ethic have made him successful in turning very bad schools into very good schools.  This book he's written about how to help others (including parents, teachers and administrators) do the same is pure gold."
—Bill Cosby
 
“A stellar book…very powerful… Steve Perry, an extraordinary educator, is sick and tired of being sick and tired.  America’s public schools are broken, and the kids who are bearing the brunt are mostly poor, black or Latino.  Perry pulls no punches in showing that, while the kids fail, no one is accountable because the system protects the adults.  This book will upset some people, but that’s okay.  Change doesn’t come quietly, and our kids desperately need change.”
—Joel Klein, former New York City School Chancellor
 
"I've long been a fan of Steve Perry's blunt, no-nonsense approach to improving American education.  It's why Black In America2 focused on his school and his leadership.  This book boils down all his trade secrets and brilliant advice:  it's a must-have, a must-read and a must-apply!”
—Soledad O’Brien

"Steve Perry is an anomaly in the world of education reform. Not only is he a smart, savvy educator with a proven track record of success with urban kids, he is unafraid.  He knows that fixing our broken education system means kicking up some dirt, and he does so unapologetically.  There is no stronger defender of the rights of children to attain an excellent education than Perry.  His book provides common-sense solutions to the seemingly intractable problems of public education and should be read by everyone who wonders what's wrong with our schools."
—Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the DC Public Schools and CEO of StudentsFirst.
 
"Steve Perry is an extraordinary leader and a much needed voice in the education reform debate.  He is a successful African American educator who has upheld the highest of expectations for his students and ensured that they meet them.  By following his example, we can ensure that Black children in our country are no longer subjugated to lesser standards and poor quality schools.  His commitment to improving the lives of children by refusing to accept mediocrity is second to none.  In this book, Dr. Perry shows he is willing to do anything to fight for what is most important—our kids."
—Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California

Meet the Author

STEVE PERRY is the Founder and Principal of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, a paradigm-busting success story that has been praised by education experts across America.  He is the chief CNN contributor on issues relating to education and can be seen regularly on Anderson Cooper 360 and American Morning.  He is also the author of a bestselling self-published book Man Up!, a columnist at Essence magazine, a frequent radio and television commentator, and a sought-after speaker at colleges and education forums around the country. You can find him at www.dr-steveperry.com.

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Push Has Come to Shove 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Ahsilat More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! This is truly a must read for current teachers and soon to be teachers, as well as parents. Reading this book with both eyes (teacher and parent) I could not stop turning the pages to find out about "behind the scenes" of our public school system. If you are wondering what you need to do or what you should do as a parent or a teacher (who wants to change the world one child at a time) read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have decided to give this book to a couple of friends with childrent entering kindergarten this year. If you have a child in public school i highly reccommend this book.
jorisia washington More than 1 year ago
Informative, witty and a must read for any education enthusiast, parent, student and or ANYONE who wants to make a difference in the world.
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Another preposterous book on education reform that tries to blame all the world's problems on overworked and underpaid teachers. Shameful.