The Queen of Education: rules for making school work
Wanted: A Queen of Education
Candidate must be able to take decisive action, cut through red tape, deflate the bureaucratic bloat, wrestle with the diagnostic nightmare of ADHD, and refuse to sell out her students to the corporate fat cats.
Though we have "education presidents" who give lip service to fixing schools?what we really need is a Queen of Education who will get the job done. Anyone searching for such a candidate would put LouAnne Johnson's resume on the top of the stack of likely applicants. LouAnne Johnson is the gutsy ex-marine turned teacher who has wrestled with tough kids and even tougher adults. Her life inspired the movie Dangerous Minds - which was based on her book My Posse Don't Do Homework. Johnson's knack for finding original solutions to intractable problems has not only made her an exemplary teacher but a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.
In this engaging book, "Queen" LouAnne offers her down-to-earth advice about fixing schools. Johnson makes no secret about the fact that she is fed up with an educational system that is too quick to label and write off children who don?t fit the mold. Among her royal rules for fixing the system: no class shall have more than 20 students, all elected representatives must teach in a public school classroom for two weeks, and the testing frenzy must stop this very second! LouAnne is a passionate advocate for schools that are smaller, healthier, more humane, and more attuned to different learning styles. With humor and good sense, she shows how a compassionate teacher or parent can cut through the red tape and make a crucial difference in the life of a child.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Praise for Dangerous Minds
"Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students."
"Remarkable - Johnson proves that unorthodox methods can turn a problem kid into an "A" student."
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The Queen of Education: rules for making school workUser Review - Book Verdict
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
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One of my all-time favorites. Either Louann Johnson or me needs to be in charge of all things education. Maybe we should team up.
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