How Parents Can Save America's Failing Schools

How Parents Can Save America's Failing Schools

by Gael Edward Pierce

Paperback(First Edition)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401044091
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 09/09/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Why Parent Help Is Necessaryxvi
Some Major School Problemsxviii
Is it a Crime?xxvii
Part 1Some Good Schools1
Characteristics of Good Schools2
Teaching Reform8
Teaching Techniques17
Curriculum Changes24
Some Innovations33
Some Questions to Ask38
Part 2How Parents Can Rescue Our Schools39
Checking Out the School40
Meeting the School Personnel42
Organizing A Parent-School Advisory Committee51
Creating Good Schools58
Financing School Reform60
Part 3The Signs of School Failure (Internal Causes)63
Too Many Dropouts64
Low Test Scores68
SAT Scores79
Poor Employment Skills82
Teaching--The Profession84
Students Who Learn Differently96
Too Much Illiteracy109
Deteriorating Democracy113
School Segregation119
Some Questions to Ask126
Part 4Why Schools Are Failing (External Causes)127
The Pregnant Teenager and Single Parent128
Unequal School Funding135
Poverty--A major contributor to school failure148
Drug Babies156
The White Flight160
Home Schooling161
Some Questions to Ask164
Part 5Where Schools Are Failing - The Hidden Curriculum165
Learning Mythology167
Some School Programs189
Teachers and Testing191
Teachers' Unions195
Some Questions to Ask197
Part 6Making Changes199
Early Brain Development: Some Children More Than Others200
Programs to Increase Infant Learning203
Helping Single, Pregnant Teens213
Curbing Teen-pregnancy217
Curbing Violence and Crime224
Reducing Poverty229
Reducing Drug Usage231
Reducing the Dropout Rate237
Promoting Participation in Democracy239
Some Questions to Ask244
Community Learning Centers (CLC)245
Enjoyment in Learning251
Education Publications261
Some Books Of Interest265
Appendix AQuestions Concerning Your School274
Appendix BOrganizations Helping Pregnant Teens and Family Services275
Appendix CHippy, Pat, Beep, Head Start, etc. addresses279
Appendix DParent-School Organizations280

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