In Screwed-Up School Reform, Richard G. Shear and Bruce S. Cooper reveal that generations of school reforms have actively worked to cure the symptoms of "broken schools," but not the overarching, fundamental problems that permeate the system. Virtually an entire society has failed to understand the main problem with American education: children are rejecting its practices and conditions. But, the screwed-up education system is fixable, and it can be fixed now. If reformers focus instead on changing education's foundation, then children will instead succeed at school and in their personal lives.
Richard G. Shear, EdD, is an award-winning educator who was the first person to be recognized by Long Island University as Nassau County Teacher of The Year. Dr. Shear is a national consultant on school reform to school districts and educational organizations. He has presented on numerous subjects , such as understanding the teenage brain, preventing bullying in schools, explaining what great teachers do differently, and saving at-risk students. Bruce S. Cooper, PhD, is a professor of school leadership at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has authored thirty books and numerous articles, has served as president of the Politics of Education Association, and has been an active member of American Educational Research Association.
Preface Introduction Screwed-Up by the Wrong Paradigm: The Conflicting Purposes of the Public Schools Chapter 1 Screwed-Up by Not Realizing: What Do Students Want? What Do Students Need? Chapter 2 Empowering Educators for Change: You Can't Lead When You're on the Wrong Road Chapter 3 Screwed-Up by Government and Governance Chapter 4 Screwed-Up by Clueless Boards of Education and Misguided Parent Groups... Chapter 5 Screwed-Up by Methods of School Funding Chapter 6 Ending the Screwed-Up Continuum by Recognizing that the Unachievable is Achievable Chapter 7 Ten Changes to End the Screwed-Up References