Smart Kids, Bad Schools
38 Ways to Save America's FutureBook - 2008
Draws on the author's experiences as a California high-school teacher to present a candid appraisal of what he believes to be the failures of today's public education systems and how to address them, in a report that outlines such atypical strategies as lengthening the school day and year, eliminating homework, and abolishing teachers' unions. 15,000 first printing.
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 exposé 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.
Presents an appraisal of the failures of today's public education systems and how to address them, outlining such atypical strategies as lengthening the school day and year, eliminating homework, and abolishing teachers' unions.