There is a national crisis in education, and it's not the highly-debated philosophical discussions or heated political arguments we are used to hearing. Survey data establishes the fact that classrooms throughout the nation suffer from the presence of a small percentage of misbehaving students. Teachers are ill-equipped to deal with these disruptive students, resulting in lost classroom time and demoralized educators who are perpetually blamed for the student's bad performance. The root cause of these misbehaving children is not a lack of intellectual ability, but a lack of character and grit; the important noncognative skills required for success in life. The Kids are Smart Enough is a book of hope with surprisingly practical solutions revealed by listening to teachers, learning from data, and looking for the root cause. This book will help you to discover how struggling students can be reached and teachers encouraged.
Richard W. Garrett, PhD, has 27 years of business experience with Eli Lilly and Company, a large pharmaceutical company where he was a corporate leader in the use of the Total Quality Process. He has facilitated approximately sixty long range plans for nonprofit groups in central Indiana. He is the founder of the website www.elevateteachers.org.
Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Setting the Scene Chapter 2: Some Major Issues in Education Chapter 3: What Children Need to Succeed Chapter 4: The Teachers Tell Their Story - A Research Study Chapter 5: Looking for a Solution Chapter 6: Dramatic Improvements Are Needed Epilogue Appendix A: the Full List of 114 High Poverty A Schools Appendix B: The Original Paper: Appendix C: How Much Time is Left for Teaching? Endnotes