Queen of Education: Rules for Making Schools Work

Queen of Education: Rules for Making Schools Work

by LouAnne Johnson
     
 

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Critical Acclaim for LouAnne Johnson

The Queen of Education

"Johnson (Dangerous Minds), a high school teacher, lecturer, educationalconsultant, and former marine, has written a commonsense book about how the U.S. public education system is failing our children and how it can be fixed."
Library Journal

"Johnson offers

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Critical Acclaim for LouAnne Johnson

The Queen of Education

"Johnson (Dangerous Minds), a high school teacher, lecturer, educationalconsultant, and former marine, has written a commonsense book about how the U.S. public education system is failing our children and how it can be fixed."
Library Journal

"Johnson offers passion and a fresh perspective on where we've gonewrong in public education and what to do about it. Public school educators and parents will enjoy Johnson's humor and candor, as well as her insightfulsuggestions for improvement."
Booklist

"Teachers, administrators, parents, and policy makers shouldtake note of Johnson's simple but compelling ideas. Maybe having a 'queen ofeducation' is something to consider."
Publishers Weekly

"LouAnne Johnson writes with passion, humor, and good oldcommon sense about the joys and frustrations of teaching, and the ways in which caring individuals can make a critical difference. Her book is a must read forall who have a stake in the success of our schools."
Robert R. Spillane, United States Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, former New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education, and former superintendent of theBoston and Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools

"As a former student of LouAnne's first 'at risk' class, I experiencedfirsthand her approach to education. The result was nothing less than a miracle. This book has the power to do for the United States education system what it did for our class; turn a flawed reality into an exemplary system of education."
Dan Mueller, associate producer and designer, BottleRocket Entertainment Inc.

Editorial Reviews

LouAnne Johnson doesn't want to be "the education president," she just wants to be the queen of education. With refreshing insights and candor, she draws up a detailed manifesto about the present deplorable state of education and its cures. This ex-marine officer and former teacher describes how low teaching standards, overcrowded classrooms, muddled discipline, testing frenzy, and ineffective homework assignments undermine learning in our schools. Strong edicts for an educational crisis.
Publishers Weekly
Johnson, an ex-Marine Corps officer turned high-school teacher whose 1992 memoir, My Posse Don't Do Homework inspired the movie Dangerous Minds, crowns herself the titular queen and hands down royal edicts in this straightforward, valuable book. Her "rules for making schools work" are grounded in the worthy premise that schools should be designed for student learning, health and development not for administrative efficiency or corporate profit and should be places where students actually want to be. Johnson is a keen, empathetic observer of students, especially "at-risk" kids (she prefers the term "disenchanted"), and she's quick to point out what harms them: labeling ("big business and a dangerous business"), detention ("creates more problems than it solves"), junk food ("[f]at and failure in school may be linked") and standardized tests ("wrong and pointless"). But she offers more than critiques. In addition to inspiring stories of her own classroom successes, she offers an outline for her dream school, where good funding would allow a gorgeous, high-tech closed campus, a big library and low student-to-teacher ratio, and a shift in thinking would proscribe age-based classes, standardized curricula and competitive interschool athletics. Teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers should take note of Johnson's simple but compelling ideas. Maybe having a "queen of education" is something to consider. Agent, Alfredo Santana at Santana/Tatsuuma Media Consulting International. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Johnson (Dangerous Minds), a high school teacher, lecturer, educational consultant, and former marine, has written a commonsense book about how the U.S. public education system is failing our children and how it can be fixed. Johnson argues that schools are designed for the ease and efficiency of the administration. Large classes based on age, where students are expected to learn at the same rate; huge school buildings housing thousands of students in drab, prisonlike surroundings; labeling students to simplify teaching; endless machine-scored testing; and medicating "problem" students all make schooling easier on administrators at the expense of the students. Johnson urges schools to focus on students' physical and emotional needs, provide more teacher-student interaction, allow students to learn at their own pace, and make sure they get healthy foods and plenty of exercise. This outstanding look at the education system will be useful for academic and public libraries, as well as school media centers that have collections for staff and parents.-Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Johnson (Dangerous Minds), a high school teacher, lecturer, educational consultant, and former marine, has written a commonsense book about how the U. S. public education systems is failing our children and how it can be fixed.  Johnson argues that schools are designed for the ease and efficiency of the administration.  Large classes based on age, where students are expected to learn at the same rate; huge school buildings housing thousands of students in drab, prison-like surroundings; labeling students to simplify teaching; endless machine-scored testing; and medicating “problem” students all make schooling easier on administrators at the expense of the students.  Johnson urges schools to focus on students’ physical and emotional needs, provide more teacher-student interaction, allow students to learn at their own pace, and make sure they get healthy foods and plenty of exercise.  This outstanding look at the education system will be useful for academic and public libraries, as well as school media centers that have collections for staff and parents. – Mark Bay, Cumberland Coll.Lib., Williamsburg, KY. (Library Journal , November 15, 2004)

Johnson, an ex-Marine Corps officer turned high-school teacher whose 1992 memoir, My Posse Don’t Do Homework inspired the movie Dangerous Minds, crowns herself the titular queen and hands down royal edicts in this straightforward, valuable book. Her "rules for making schools work" are grounded in the worthy premise that schools should be designed for student learning, health and development—not for administrative efficiency or corporate profit—and should be places where students actually want to be. Johnson is a keen, empathetic observer of students, especially "at-risk" kids (she prefers the term "disenchanted"), and she’s quick to point out what harms them: labeling ("big business—and a dangerous business"), detention ("creates more problems than it solves"), junk food ("[f]at and failure in school may be linked") and standardized tests ("wrong and pointless"). But she offers more than critiques. In addition to inspiring stories of her own classroom successes, she offers an outline for her dream school, where good funding would allow a gorgeous, high-tech closed campus, a big library and low student-to-teacher ratio, and a shift in thinking would proscribe age-based classes, standardized curricula and competitive interschool athletics. Teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers should take note of Johnson’s simple but compelling ideas. Maybe having a "queen of education" is something to consider. Agent, Alfredo Santana at Santana/Tatsuuma Media Consulting International. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, August 9, 2004)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787987688
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/16/2007
Series:
The Jossey-Bass Education Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.63(d)

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From the Publisher
Critical Acclaim for LouAnne Johnson

The Queen of Education

"LouAnne Johnson's book is a blend of common sense, humor, and practical, down-to-earth ideas of how each one of us, as a parent or a concerned citizen, can make a contribution toward improving America's public schools. I highly recommend it."
—Michele Borba, Ed.D., author, Don't Give Me That Attitude!, No More Misbehavin', and Building Moral Intelligence

“As a former student of LouAnne's first "at risk" class, I experienced firsthand her approach to education. The result was nothing less than a miracle.  This book has the power to do for the United States education system what it did for our class; turn a flawed reality into an exemplary system of education.”
—Dan Mueller, associate producer and designer, BottleRocket Entertainment Inc.

“LouAnne Johnson writes with passion, humor, and good old common sense about the joys and frustrations of teaching, and the ways in which caring individuals can make a critical difference. Her book is a must read for all who have a stake in the success of our schools.”
—Robert R. Spillane, United States Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools, former New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education and superintendent of the Boston and Fairfax County Virginia Public Schools

Dangerous Minds

“…Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students.”
Kirkus Review

“Remarkable…Johnson proves that unorthodox methods can turn a problem kid into an ‘A’ student.”
Vogue

Meet the Author

LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, and high school teacher. She is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds. Johnson is an ESL teacher, author, student advocate, and educational consultant.

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