Rethinking School - How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education
Renowned author, Susan Wise Bauer, engages readers in a much-needed conversation with this innovative resource for parents, educators or anyone with a vested interest in todays education.
Her premise is simple: when a child struggles at school the root of the issue most likely stems from the system or the school, and not the child. Anecdotal stories, research and sound conclusions are clearly written and provides parents with the options available to assist their child best. She examines working with the school, supplementing at home and homeschooling to meet the needs of gifted, delayed and socially struggling children. Well written and encouraging, the author provides parents with information and inspiration to take control of their child's educational journey. Success is possible for all children if given the right resources and attitude. This book provides the vital first step. 288 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne
A best-selling expert on education shows how to make the school system work for your child.
Our K - 12 school system is an artificial product of market forces. It isn't a good fit for all"or even most"students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps "disability" labels over differences in learning style.
Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged, disconnected, and unhappy. And when they struggle, school pressures parents, with overwhelming force, into "fixing" their children rather than questioning the system.
With boldness, experience, and humor, Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: When a serious problem arises at school, the fault is more likely to lie with the school, or the educational system itself, than with the child.
In five illuminating sections, Bauer teaches parents how to flex the K - 12 system, rather than the child. She closely analyzes the traditional school structure, gives trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and even from giftedness (not as much of a "gift" as you might think!).
As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children and more than twenty years of educational consulting and university teaching.
Rethinking School is a guide to one aspect of sane, humane parenting: negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects your child's mind, emotions, and spirit.