Here is a fresh, common-sense take on education reform, not by an educator or administrator or politico, but by a concerned mother and citizen who dares to proclaim that America is NOT offering a quality education to ALL its children. Young sees an effective public education system as a fundamental function of a strong republic. Yet opposing political agendas are directing federal, state, and local lawmakers toward failed programs, wasted dollars, and poor results for American public education. In The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present, Young presents important insights into what can be done to "fix" America's public education system. Her research and observations are eye opening and provide all readers with a galvanizing focus on what needs to be done and how to get there. But most importantly, the book energizes parents with new ideas and tools to improve the schools in their own communities. The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present is a call to the public education system to openly listen and to communities to make themselves heard.
Victoria M. Young is a mother of two, a doctor of veterinary medicine, and a long-time advocate for public schools. She has served in classrooms and on advisory committees, and has organized fundraisers and efforts to save our schools through policies and practices.
Foreword By Gary Ratner Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Safe and Disciplined Schools; Civility Lost on Our Own Turf Chapter 2: The Three R's, plus the "R Rule" Chapter 3: Where's the Science? Using What We Know Chapter 4: Along Came "No Child Left Behind"; With Unintended or Foreseeable Consequences? Chapter 5: What is the Problem? Why Children Get Left Behind Chapter 6: We Have the Answers Chapter 7: Formula for Success; Simple, Not Easy Chapter 8: What's Next? Starting In the Trenches Chapter 9: The Road to Educational Quality and Equality: A Story with No Ending Chapter 10: Democracy and Education: The Powerful Will Drive Progress Reflections: Finish the Fight Bibliography Addendum1: A National Approach to Effective Schools Addendum 2: Establishing Balanced Curriculum in our Classrooms Addendum 3: Noteworthy People Index About the Author