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Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve–Even If It Means Picking a Fight

Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve–Even If It Means Picking a Fight

date : December 3rd, 2011

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“Hаνе уου bееח tο a school lately?  Hаνе уου sat owing tο tһе six hours аחԁ forty-five minutes οf excruciating tedium wе send ουr kids tο еνеrу day?  Wһеח wе qυеѕtіοח ουr kids, “Wһаt’d уου ԁο іח school today?” аחԁ tһеу mumble, “Nothin’,” tһеу’re telling tһе truth.”
 
Steve Perry іѕ Ɩіkе חο οtһеr educator уου’ve еνеr met.  Hе “gets іt.”  Hе understands wһу ѕοmе parents аrе downright panicked іח tһіѕ area wһаt’s going οח іח tһеіr kids’ classrooms, аחԁ һοw οtһеr parents, whose kids supposedly concentrate tһе “ехсеƖƖеחt” schools, still ԁrеаԁ tһаt tһеіr children аrе falling behind.  Aѕ Principal οf one οf tһе best performing schools іח America — one tһаt sends 100% οf іtѕ mostly minority students tο four-year colleges — Perry delights іח poking tһе system.  Present һіm wіtһ a “truth” іח tһіѕ area һοw education іѕ supposed tο work аחԁ – count οח іt – һе’ll ѕһοw іt tο bе fаkе.
 
Arrogant teacher’s unions ԁеѕріѕе Steve Perry.  Sο ԁο bοחе іԁƖе teachers

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  1. Deon Jackson // December 3rd, 2011 at 4:18 am
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Eye opening, October 7, 2011
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    Deon Jackson (Cincinnati, Oh) –

    I first heard of Dr. Perry and Capital Prep even as viewing the documentary Waiting for Superman. Even as browsing one of my favorite blogs, Imagination Soup I read and excerpt from Push has Come to Shove. This book is certainly an eye opener. It’s a must read for any teacher, parent or tax paying citizen. As he states it’s not time for education reform it’s time for a transformation. His tactics may seem a small harsh but it’s time to get harsh…our children are suffering.

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  2. Miles // December 3rd, 2011 at 4:41 am
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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    Push has comes to Shove: Gettin Our Kinds the Education They Deserve…, October 28, 2011
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    Miles
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    I found the book appealing and I will share with my colleagues in the school district. It provides insight into working with youth and the administrative and challenges that are prevalent in today’s society. I believe those that are passionate in this area student success should continue to fight onward to help our students.

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  3. Anonymous // December 3rd, 2011 at 5:12 am
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    Urgently Needed: Educational Excellence for ALL kids!, November 22, 2011
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    Temida (ancient greenwich, ct United States) –

    This is a compelling, deeply personal book, one in which Dr. Perry’s intent to change the educational encounter for ALL children in this country is expressed with urgency. Steve Perry has never forgotten what his college president had once said to him when he ran out of funds just before the graduation exams: “I can give you the money under one condition… that you use it to help kids like you have a chance.” Indeed, Dr. Perry went on to make a school where all students, regardless of their challenges, get a chance to make it: Capital Prep Magnet school in Hartford, CT.

    Dr. Perry’s prescription for excellent schools may not be revolutionary: make sure your school provides a safe and inviting environment for all students. Hire teachers who like and want to teach, and support them with genteel and timely certified development. Don’t overwhelm your staff with administrative requests. Give the teachers interval to teach with passion and purpose. Set your goals and rate results based on curriculum objectives and not on minimum-standards’ test results. Continuously expect excellence from teachers and students alike and keep your standards high for all. Ensure healthful morale around your building and expect splendid things to happen… and they will. At Dr. Perry’s high school, all children are expected to go to college… and they do.

    What is revolutionary in Dr. Perry’s vision for splendid American education is his insistence that each and every one of the above qualities is present in HIS school. He points out how our public schools have grown dysfunctional and laden with budgeting inefficiencies as well as terribly structured and outdated teacher’s-union negotiated contracts. It’s unacceptable that our schools’ management is often focusing more attention on satisfying the demands of adults who run the schools rather than on ensuring a right teaching and learning encounter for students. Shouldn’t every outcome be noticed and valued in school? Shouldn’t every outcome be inspired to go to her or his individual potential? Or is our schools’ focus on “dexterous” performance a worthy goal? As Dr. Perry says, “…To be categorized as “dexterous” is to be performing below grade level… Lauding proficiency is nothing small of accepting mediocrity. It in effect means that a tenth-grader who is dexterous in writing is nearly writing on the tenth-grade level…” Dr. Perry continues, “Bob Wise… head of the Alliance for Brilliant Education, said that he’s seen students at the top of their class-even valedictorians-go on to take remedial courses in college…” And let’s not delude ourselves that “if we may possibly factor out… all those miserable `inner-city’ scores, the U.S. would be on par” with the countries winning the educational race today. “In fact, Finland’s bottom 10 percent is surpass than our top 10 percent…”

    Yes, push has come to shove, Dr. Perry concludes: we need to pay attention to our youth, right now. We are losing too many kids, primarily those from the culturally-disadvantaged and historically under-represented backgrounds, to inattention, unimaginative teaching and low expectations. Whether your outcome goes to school in a low-income housing area or in a posh commune, we all have to insist on excellence in public education for our kids– nothing less should do when our children and our prospect are concerned. This book review appeared in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the CT. Association for the Gifted [...]

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