Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There's a Will, There's a Way
Choosing Excellence in Public Schools explains the origins of the low expectations we have of children, including, notably, children of color, those for whom English is a second language, poor children and children with disabilities. The book dispels the basis for low expectations. It makes clear the economic, demographic, civic, personal and moral imperative to educate all children to high standards and the consequences of not doing so. Hornbeck and Conner set forth a comprehensive, radical agenda based on proven practices and practical experience that will result in education success for virtually all children where faithfully implemented. This book breaks new ground. It establishes that the missing ingredient in school reform is the absence of values-driven, focused, well-financed, professionally staffed, technologically sophisticated grassroots expression of the public will insisting that the political, media, business, judicial and organized labor institutions that make the choices that result in our children's learning conditions make different, and effective choices. We get the education for our own children and grandchildren and those of others that we tolerate or demand.
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Chapter 02 The Origins of Low Expectations
Chapter 03 All Children Can Learn to High Standards
Chapter 04 All Children Must Learn to High Levels
Children Achieving and Philadelphia Outcomes
Chapter 06 Standards
Chapter 07 Assessment
Chapter 08 Accountability
Chapter 09 Quality Teachers
Chapter 10 Quality School Leadership
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