Fading Glory: Contributing Factors to the Decline of America's Public Schools

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2008 - Education - 112 pages
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This is a timely piece that raises important issues concerning our educational and moral obligations to the children of our nation..Issues that must be discussed and resolved if we are going to be a nation that can compete in a global society. I find this book inspiring and admire the passion of the authors. They have set forth challenges and resolutions that demand attention. This book is recommended for all who are serious about providing a quality education for all children regardless of race, social economic status, or circumstances of birth. -Norvella Carter, Ph. D Texas A & M University The authors have captured the essence of what is taking place in America's schools. The growth of violence and discipline in some of our schools are at epidemic proportion, particularly in some urban schools. This book has chronicled this problem and has developed creative, insightful thoughts on how to combat the issue and regain our schools and develop a safe and secure environment for learning. The authors have extensive experience in the area of working with students who are in alternative placement centers, which has given them unique insight on school violence and discipline. This is an experience that most researchers do not have. The authors have made it clear that the causes of school violence and discipline problems in our schools are not caused by just one entity, but all stakeholders; which included parents, teachers, principals, and the community. I totally endorse this book. The authors are obviously in tone with where the focus should be in dealing with school violence and discipline in our school. I think that this should be a required reading for all teachers. It will be for the graduate level classes that I teach. -Archie L. Blanson, Ph. D. Deputy Superintendent Aldine Independent School District The authors bare sobering statistics and share a candid perspective in creating dubious conclusions regarding the current effectiveness of today's adult leadership. From government decision making, to school personnel, and finally proceeding directly into the home, their candor causes the reader to contemplate their own personal role in establishing a healthy future for our country's youth. -John Pickelsimer Alternative High School Principal Finally, a close examination of the difficulties faced by educators today! This book outlines the problems and obstacles of the 21st century classroom. A must read book for anyone who is a stakeholder in the education process.

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