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



[PDF] ✩ Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future ✭ Brian Crosby – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 In Smart Kids, Bad Schools: MOBI ☆ 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 Smart Kids, eBook Å 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 offersideas to save America s future and his proposed remedies Kids, Bad Schools: PDF ✓ 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.Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

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Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future
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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future
  • Brian Crosby
  • English
  • 27 January 2019
  • 0312372582

10 thoughts on “Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

  1. says:

    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 havestudents 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. says:

    This book is trash literally, I can t bring myself to donate it because I don t want to subject anyone else to Crosby s bizarre rant, so I had to throw it away He hits on some things I agree with, like a later start to school and extended school days years, but his brash style and unsupported claims make this book irredeemably terrible Technically, I put it in the recycling bin, because I try to be a good person Getting rid of this book was also an ethical imperative.

  3. says:

    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 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 about school districts selecting curriculum materials WITHOUT ANY TEACHERS on the committee THAT is insane I think any teacher, administrator, parent AND community member would find this book valuable to read He is an equal opportunity offender, defender and ender You will find how you are wrong and where you are also right, in regards to education.I will add this author was a teacher in a very challenging district So his views and experiences areharsh that experiences many teachers have faced.It is a longer book, but a quick read in the sense that the 38 some odd chapters are short

  4. says:

    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. says:

    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. says:

    FuhgeddaboutitIt s an interesting book, but not well grounded in actual factual research It s off the cuff from the streets preaching to the choir I don t have time for that While I appreciate his contribution, I could have better spent a Sunday afternoon.It s a quick and easy read I m not against many ideas, but there needs to be a stronger push to advocate what has he done to change

  7. says:

    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 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 students, do not graduate and this hasn t changed for thirty years, despite reforms Half of all high school dropouts are unemployed Two thirds of imprisoned Americans are high school dropouts.In the future as many as one third of the country s total available jobs may be outsourced That s forty two million jobs The United states ranks ninth out of twelve industrialized nations in math skills, tied with Latvia One out of every four American children reads below grade level In his book, Crosby lists 38 things that can be done to transform not r eform our education system while I do not agree with him on everything, or on all of his points, he writes as only a veteran teacher who has been in the trenches for over two decades can and there was a plug for the book from Ralph Nader on the back, and I respect him His first recommendation is to build smaller andattractive schools, and to get rid of those things that make schools like, feel, and operate like prisons his breakdown of this is very, very interesting and I agree with this whole heartedly from the lighting natural light is rare, but healthy to bells, gates, etc He also believes schools should start later in the day, when students are awake, that administrators are too caught up in punishing kids, but that they do not do it effectively, that most administrators either were not teachers or have been away from it so long that they do not remember its challenges, that useless school meetings for faculty should be turned into productive time for teachers to collaborate or work independently, that new teachers should not be thrown into the worst classes, that there needs to bementoring and training for new teachers, that teachers should be treated with respect and paid , and many other common sense things that I appreciate having taught high school for the last eight years Crosby is sick of politicians and bureaucrats driving education policy, and feels teachers should be given a say is what is done in our schools, and I agree But, for the most part, teachers are as Crosby terms it part of the sweatshop schoolhouse and may be given respect in lipservice, but not in reality

  8. says:

    This book has a lot of interesting ideas Sadly, most of the good ones are not new later start time, increasing teachers salaries,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 This book has a lot of interesting ideas Sadly, most of the good ones are not new later start time, increasing teachers salaries,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 come from academic environments and is downright cruel to special needs students Further, he comes across as hypocritical, often contradicting his own ideas from chapters earlier when the results no longer suit him For example, in one early chapter he makes a valid point about the malicious behavior of teachers when students miss class for a field trip He states that education does not always have to occur in a school classroom However, later he criticizes Armenian parents who allow their children to miss school in remembrance of the Armenian genocide With no statistics or evidence to back himself up, Crosby decides that these students are not going to church or engaging in other cultural activities as they claim, but are in fact using the anniversary of a genocide to slack off He even decries the assemblies and speakers regarding this event that rob him ofvaluable education time In another chapter, he criticizes students who miss school to attend political protests Wouldn t an educator agree that missing a day here or there to attend history in the making is acceptable What happened to a full education that includes the world and not just school The difference is that Crosby is no longer in control and is no longer the one benefiting In general, some parts read as a manifesto of a well spoken and experienced, but unfortunately unemphatic, teacher, and others read as the ramblings of a bitter old man who does not feel the need to cite his sources There are many points about American education that some readers may find interesting If you want to get mad at the system, I recommend the parts on standardized testing If you want to get mad at Brian Crosby, I recommend the chapter on special education

  9. says:

    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 parentsinvolved in their students education Others requiredeep thought, and a lotwould 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 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 parentsinvolved in their students education Others requiredeep thought, and a lotwould 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 provide apersonal educational experience He definitely made me think, and does provide ideas to transform all different areas of education Whether it s really the fix all for America s schools, I m not totally sure The one thing that really bothered me about the book, though, is that he makes a lot of generalized statements, and provides some specific statistics, without really citing his sources I wanted some footnotes, or a list of sources at the end, or something When an author does this, I don t know how much stock I should really put into the things he s saying He could have made up half the stuff, for all I know It also bothered me that he kept saying things like no qualified teacher has ever had a hard time finding a job, and there are way too many jobs and not enough good staff to fill them, and most of the teachers in classsrooms today are uncertified Again, uncited Frustrating things to read when you are a good, qualified teacher looking for a job Bottom line I appreciate that he has some revolutionary ideas, and the book definitely got me thinking, but I have some major issues with the way he presented his facts

  10. says:

    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 makeof 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 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 makeof 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 need to figure out how to get these kinds of ideas working in my school district before my daughter starts school

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