||Aug 8, 2010
To change the preconceived notions of what public school should be.
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Stop Beating the Dead Horse
People like to blame someone for problems. Many people blame the president, Congress, local school boards, administrators, or teachers for the shortfalls of the public school system. The problem is not that the educators and lawmakers aren't trying to improve the system; it's that they just haven't realized the proverbial horse is dead. If the basic system doesn't work, all the money and strategies and dedication in the world will not help unless the system itself is replaced. One of the most crucial things the system has failed to do is differentiate between equal educational opportunity for all and equal (or identical) education for all. Instead of trying to make everybody the same, an educational system must ensure equal rights for everyone while still allowing them to develop at their own rate and in their own way. Only then can we have the diversity, creativity, and ingenuity needed to compete in the world today.
By kneibfamily Aug 29, 2010
Finally, a refreshing approach to truly improving the current system of public education. Julie not only brings up topics that are outside the box but also offers practical solutions to the problems at hand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary Kneib
By Wendy Renslow Aug 29, 2010
This book takes a great look at the problems the Public School system faces. It offers real solutions, but takes a comprehensive look at where the problem began and how those problems will continue if change does not take place. It is realistic and down to earth without pushing any agendas or fostering negativity towards the adminstrators of the current system. It is an excellent read for parents who are concerned about their childs education as well as frustrated teachers who aren't sure why their students continue to struggle. I highly recommend this book!
Educating the next generation
Julie L. Casey has written a surprising and topical book about a subject we should all be concerned with: our failed education system. As Casey points out, it's not that the system is broken but that it's the wrong system for educating children. Rather than being designed for the way that children learn, it was designed for the convenience of the administrators and teachers to manage, control and force students to conform.
Casey will sometimes use humor to get the readers attention and make her point, such as citing Indian tribal lore that says, when you find you are riding a dead horse, the best thing to do is to dismount. But in our system of education, that strategy is ignored in favor of buying a better whip or appointing a committee to study the horse or lowering the standards to include dead horses.
In a systematic way, Casey points out the problem of our current system (the dead horse), the consequences of continuing the failed way we're going, and the solutions (a new horse). She tells in detail how we can replace the current system of education with a new system that she calls, "The Level Mastery System."
I would recommend this book to anyone with children or anyone concerned with the education of our children, as I am and as is Casey, a mother and home schooler of her own three sons.
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