This book marks a new beginning, providing a way for parents to understand and help their academically struggling children. Both parents and children should be empowered to recognize the perils and pitfalls of the current educational crisis and take responsibility for and control of education before it is too late. Parents have new reasons to believe in their children and new ways to help their children be able to cope in the global community. Gunzelmann explains that because schools and classrooms vary greatly, uniform policies and standards are hidden dangers that may interfere with optimal learning. One school may produce excited students who excel, while other schools with the same policies in that district experience student failure and increased dropout rates. The solution she offers lies in understanding children's basic needs, their learning styles, and the need to foster/teach resilience, optimism, and flexibility.
Betsy Gunzelman is chair of psychology at Southern New Hampshire University and author of several articles involved with improving our schools. She is also a psychologist, an educator, and a parent concerned with issues hindering our children's education.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Smart Kids Failed By Our Schools Chapter 4 New Reasons to Believe in Your Child & New Possibilities for Academic Success Chapter 5 Is This Your Child? Understanding Hidden Dangers That Sabotage Your Child's Learning. Part 6 Are Hidden Problems in Ours Schools Negatively Affecting Your Child's Learning? Chapter 7 Researched-Based Foundation to Understand the Needs of Children in School Chapter 8 Misguided Assumptions, Attitudes, and Procedures that Negatively Impact Smart Kids Chapter 9 Hidden Dangers in Testing that Impact Your Child Chapter 10 Hidden Dangers with Labeling that Can Harm Your Child Chapter 11 Gender Problems that Effect Your Child's Learning Chapter 12 Paradoxical Safety Problems that Effect Student Learning Chapter 13 Buildings Problems that Negatively Impact Your Child's Learning Part 14 What Can We Do as Parents for Short-Term and for Long-Term Improvement? Chapter 15 System Overhaul: Developing a Healthy School Chapter 16 Transcending Dangers: Improvement for All Students Chapter 17 Options/Alternatives for Parents of Smart Kids Struggling in School