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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“Have you been to a school lately?  Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day?  When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin’,” they’re telling the truth.”
 
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“Have you been to a school lately?  Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day?  When we ask our kids, “What’d you do in school today?” and they mumble, “Nothin’,” they’re telling the truth.”
 
Steve Perry is like no other educator you’ve ever met.  He “gets it.”  He understands why some parents are downright 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 behindAs 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 poking the system.  Present him with a “truth” about how education is supposed to work and – count on it – he’ll show it to be false.
 
Dictatorial teacher’s unions despise Steve Perry.  So do lazy teachers.  So do entrenched, unimaginative school boards.  So do reactionary “curriculum guardians” who – as a lure to get kids reading – cling to the same old stodgy texts.
 
“That’s okay,” say Perry.  That means he’s making a difference.  In this book, his priority is to help kids who don’t have the advantage of going to his school, Capital Prep.  He wants to save your kid, and the kid next door, and the kid down the street from getting a typical third-rate American education.
 
If you’re a parent who has worried recently about how depressed your child seems when he dresses for school in the morning…or how little of what happens during the school day seems to sink into her brain… or how much of your child’s homework is busywork, you need this book. 
 
If you’re a teacher who is putting your heart and soul into the job but are surrounded by colleagues who are “phoning it in,” you need this book.
 
If you’re a committed, forward-thinking principal who wants to get rid of the faculty bad apples, but are continually stymied by Mafia-style teachers-unions, you need this book.
 
*If you’re a citizen who worries about the $1 trillion-plus GDP loss that America suffers every year because our system of education doesn’t measure up, you need this book.
 
In this solution-oriented manifesto, Steve Perry covers the full range of issues holding back today’s students.  He shows parents 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.  Steve Perry isn’t going to let the fools and scoundrels get away with it any longer.  Push has come to shove!


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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Steve Perry's hard work and blunt, no-nonsense approach to education has made the school he leads a national example of what American education can be. In this new release, the CNN Education Contributor and regular Anderson Cooper guest displays a refreshing approach to what parents and educators can do to transform school prisons into educational possibilities. A tough look at a problem that concerns us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307720337
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
232,753
File size:
2 MB

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.