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 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.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
  • 9780312372583

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

  1. says:

    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 and erdeflated 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 I hear an axe grinding I have worked with a few hapless, or disengaged administrators, but I have also worked with some absolutely superb administrators, so his repeated assertions that administrators are ALL AWFUL ACROSS THE BOARD annoyed me In another part of the book he goes on for THREE ENTIRE PAGES about a presentation that wrongly attributes a quote from his first book to someone else Is this a book about education reform, or a book about the wrongs visited upon Brian Crosby He also seems to really hate fat people with a specificity that has nothing to do with improving education A male teacher who points out the muffin tops of his female students who are going through all the bodily changes that adolescence brings seems kind of skeevy, especially when it s followed by a completely contextless remark about an obese coworker Somewhere i...

  2. 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 t...

  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 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 are harsh that expe...

  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 ea...

  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 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 o...

  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 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 re...

  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 parents involved in their students education Others require deep thought, and a lot 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 provide a personal 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 ...

  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 make of a difference His ideas are great, and most are revolutionary I really love the idea of letting t...

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