Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

Smart Kids Bad Schools Ways to Save America s Future In Smart Kids Bad Schools award winning author and educator Brian Crosby draws on his twenty years as a high school English teacher to offer a candid appraisal of why our schools are failing and wha

  • Title: Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future
  • Author: Brian Crosby
  • ISBN: 9780312372583
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

    In Smart Kids, Bad Schools, award winning author and educator Brian Crosby draws on his twenty years as a high school English teacher to offer a candid appraisal of why our schools are failing and what we must do to save them Crosby s no holds barred critique of the broken education system leaves no stone unturned he is unapologetic and uncompromising in his expos of hoIn Smart Kids, Bad Schools, award winning author and educator Brian Crosby draws on his twenty years as a high school English teacher to offer a candid appraisal of why our schools are failing and what we must do to save them Crosby s no holds barred critique of the broken education system leaves no stone unturned he is unapologetic and uncompromising in his expos of how teachers, administrators, unions, and parents all play a part in this national tragedy Crosby offers 38 ideas to save America s future and his proposed remedies are revolutionary He recommends bold measures, such as lengthening the school day and school year, forcing parents to volunteer at schools, abolishing homework, outlawing teachers unions, and cutting special education funding The result is a book that is likely to inflame passions on all sides of the political spectrum, and, in the process, introduce new ideas to a debate that is in dire need of them.

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    1. Kelly

      this book is one long rant from a really bitter guy. but, like a lot of rants, there's some good stuff in here if you have the patience to wade thru the rest of the garbage. my biggest issue (besides his claim that HS teachers have much harder jobs than elementary teachers b/c they have more students): clearly this guy is white, middle class and teaches in a white, middle class school. worth the read, but took some patience to get thru it.

    2. Terry

      Reading this book was like watching a bright red balloon slowly deflate. I was totally on board with his enthusiasm and with the idea of imagining what fantastic public schools should look like. Yet as the book went on I became more and more.flated myself. While the personal is certainly political, some of his chapters seem to stem from a need to get back at people in his own professional life. For example, he seems to believe all administrators are incompetent, if not just plain evil. Somewhere [...]

    3. Tracey

      I found this book very intriguing. The author pointed out a lot of flaws in the educational system - school, admin, teachers, community and parents. Hollywood and professional sports play a negative role, too.One quote I found quite memorable was on page 218: "It is hypocritical that teachers are expected to teach students how to be independent thinkers but when teachers exhibit their own independent thinking it is not solicited or desired." Wow. How many educational situations have you heard ab [...]

    4. Donald

      Awesome look into what's wrong with public schools in America. Not only does Crosby give what's wrong, he tells what we need to do to fix it with actual things we can do rather than "oh, overhaul the system" generalities. My personal favorite: abolish the teachers' union. Everyone needs to read this book.

    5. Jose

      Crosby has some really great ideas. A whole lot of okay ideas. A few objectionable ideas. A handful of pipedreams.I would recommend it but the overall tone of condescending sarcasm makes it really hard to get through.

    6. Miroku Nemeth

      Crosby begins his book with some compelling statistics that should cause one to contemplate the seriousness of the dysfunctionality of the current American education system:*Two-thirds of eighteen to twenty-four-year-olds cannot find Iraq on a map; one third can't find Louisiana*American businesses spend an estimated $50 billion on training their employees in basic skills that should have been taught in school.*One-third of all high school students, and one-half of African American and Latino st [...]

    7. Nathalie

      This book has a lot of interesting ideas. Sadly, most of the good ones are not new (later start time, increasing teachers' salaries, more school days, etc.) and most of the new ones are not good (cutting special ed, kicking struggling students out without attempting to determine factors behind their behavior, forcing immigrant families to assimilate, etc.). Overall, Crosby seems to have little regard for experiences that differ from his own. He is unconcerned with non-gifted children who do not [...]

    8. Erin

      Some of Brian Crosby's "38 ways to save America's future" are things you've heard before, like making sure we have a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, and getting parents more involved in their students' education. Others require more deep thought, and a lot more would have to go into implementing them. Some of his ideas surprised me--for example, he thinks we should have larger class sizes. But he goes on to explain that larger class sizes in the context of smaller schools would prov [...]

    9. Marjanne

      This book will really make you think. I agree with the author that American Public Schools are one of the great things about this country, but also one of the things that need the most help in order to make more of a difference. His ideas are great, and most are revolutionary. I really love the idea of letting teachers have a say in how their classrooms are run, how students are taught, and, really, just utilizing their hard won expertise. There are SO many good ideas in this book. Now I just ne [...]

    10. Devon Black

      While Brian Crosby has some excellent ideas about the way schools should be formatted and the way students should be taught, by the time he starts expounding his ideas on the treatment of teachers and the funding of schools, his book reads more as an angry Facebook post. While the ideas are acceptable, for the most part, his language goes off topic and lacks professionalism at some points. He has good ideas, but he needs to keep his temper under control.

    11. Amy

      I skimmed this book - the author had some interesting ideas for improving schools, some contoversial, some not, including more school days per year, later start time, smaller schools, getting rid of bells, abolishing homework, cutting special education and title I. He quoted the statistic that the U.S. ranks 9 out of 12 industrialized nations in math (we're tied with Latvia) as well as other sad facts. Interesting read for anyone concerned with education.

    12. C

      I started out skimming but didn't even want to finish it after I read that the author thinks kindergarten should be made mandatory and full-day. Maybe it's the best solution for Los Angeles kids who need a lot of early English exposure, but it's unnecessary for children who are being properly cared for in an enriching English-speaking home environment.

    13. Tori

      2009-Although the ideas in the book are meant to be used in tandem, I think if just a fraction of the ideas were implemented it would greatly improve our schools. A good read for teachers, those entering the professions, or anyone with an interest in the current state of the American education system.

    14. Stephanie

      Wow. This guys seems to know a great way to help fix out troubled schools. Can we get him elected? And, yeah, why isn't Nov 1st a holiday?!

    15. Leah

      As a teacher, this was a thought-provoking and worthwhile read. However, I found many of the author's solutions to our flawed public education system to be unfeasible and/or even more problematic.

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