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

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

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Overview

“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 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 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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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.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307720337
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 750,298
  • File size: 3 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 dr-steveperry.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Inspiration

The Promise 7

The Push 13

Part 2 Purpose

Why Should You Care? 21

Sue 'Em 27

E-Organize 33

Part 3 School

What Makes a Good Teacher? 39

How to Find Great Teachers 47

Anatomy of a Good Lesson 57

Thriller 63

The Principal 79

Part 4 Parenting

Dazed and Confused 87

Adults vs. Parents 99

"I Have No Idea Where He Learned That…" 105

Parents Are like Cars 107

Daddy's Kids 115

Lemonade 119

Audit Your Home! 127

More Than They Can Handle: A Note to Your Teenager 131

Part 5 Gatekeepers

Teachers' Unions: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Education 137

Evaluation Frustration 155

Life-and-Death Stakes of Accountability 163

Part 6 Outdated

Strap Up 173

Of, for, and by the People 175

Closing of the Old School 179

The Intern and the Senator 189

Part 7 Solutions

Leaders of the New School 195

New Schools, Old Books 199

Cracking the AP Myth 207

Time Keeps on Slippin' 211

It's Not About the Benjamins 215

Charters, Magnets, and Tradition 217

Vouchers Are a Real Solution 221

We Know What Works 225

Making a Life-Making a Living 235

Appendix A American Federation of Teachers 2011 Connecticut Legislative Agenda 241

Appendix B We Are Capital Prep! 247

Acknowledgments 251

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    What an awesome book! This is truly a must read for current teac

    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.

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    Posted May 26, 2012

    Put this on your must read list

    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.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    A Must Read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Telling people what they want to hear

    Another preposterous book on education reform that tries to blame all the world's problems on overworked and underpaid teachers. Shameful.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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