SAVING K-12: What Happened to Our Public Schools? How Do We Fix Them?

SAVING K-12: What Happened to Our Public Schools? How Do We Fix Them?

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Overview

Public schools are a vast money pit. Education officials seem to prefer inefficiency and mediocrity. We could have better schools at less cost. This book explains how.

Bruce Deitrick Price is the country’s most prolific and aggressive writer on education. He is good at explaining the root causes, the problems that typically occur, and the ideological obsessions that lead our Education Establishment astray.

This book presents 65 articles divided into 10 themes: Reading; Math; Weird Theories and Methods; Common Core; Historical Background; Guilty as Charged; Where Are Our Leaders; and What to Do Now. You can read the articles in any order and dip in wherever you want. This is pleasant reading about grim topics. If we don’t save the public schools, we’re not going to save very much else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681143613
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Publication date: 11/17/2017
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Bruce Deitrick Price is a novelist, artist, poet, and education reformer. He graduated with Honors in English Literature from Princeton and lived for many years in Manhattan where he ran a graphic design business. Along the way he was fascinated by the counterproductive practices so common in public schools. He founded Improve-Education.org in 2005.

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She is currently teaching college English at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she taught for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released two historical novels: The Romances of George Sand (2014), and The Battle for Democracy (2016). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim's Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

1-CULTURE WARS

Somebody does not like our culture

2-READING WARS

Why we have 50,000,000 functional illiterates

3-MATH WARS

Students reach college not knowing what 7 x 8 is

4-HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

100 years of dumbing down

5-THEORIES AND METHODS IN THE CLASSROOM

Every fad turns out to be a foolish idea

6-COMMON CORE ENSHRINES THE WORST

That’s how you know they aren’t sincere

7-LITERARY FLIGHTS

Who says serious has to be boring

8-GUILTY

Are they merely clumsy or carefully aiming for mediocrity

9-MOVERS AND SHAKERS

We need our big shots to move and shake more than they do

10-WHAT TO DO

Suggestions for repairing the damage

SUMMING UP

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