Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Signed by author(s) on inside cover page
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

What's Wrong with Our Schools: and How We Can Fix Them Paperback – Jun 28 2010

3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
Paperback
CDN$ 46.00
CDN$ 46.00 CDN$ 12.98

Study Supplies for your test preparations Study Supplies for your test preparations

click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education (June 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607091585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607091585
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product description

Review

This is simply the best book on the public school I have seen. Written in straightforward language, parents are informed about the foolish fads that still afflict our public schools. Consistent with the research and without condescension the book advocates a return to common sense. (Mark Holmes, assistant director and professor emeritus, University of Toronto-OISE, Graduate School of Education, Ontario; author of The Refo)

A clear, fluent and (yes!) common-sense alternative to the culture of romantic progressivism which has captured so completely the education establishment throughout North America. The authors have read the research, but they draw also critically on classroom experience and make recommendations that are practical in the distinctly unideal reality of today's public school systems. (Peter Brimelow, author of The Worm in the Apple)

For parents puzzled by school rules and practices that don't make sense to them, What's Wrong With Our Schools is a useful corrective. It illumines the principal arguments now raging over education policy and explains how to get in-depth information that allows us bewildered parents and other onlookers to figure out who is right. (Jay Mathews, education columnist, Washington Post; author of New York Times' bestseller Work Hard. Be Nice)

If you read only one book on current affairs this year, make it this one. What goes on in our schools is at the core of all that happens in our country?what citizens know, what they believe, and how they behave. The authors have marshaled all of the issues at stake in the so-called school wars, explained them lucidly and sensibly, and made recommendations that affect every American parent, teacher, school administrator and taxpayer. They illustrate all sides of the arguments in the vast and often confusing literature on the various aspects of the education debates and they offer practical answers to some of the most vexing questions of the day, beyond spin and image, ideology and the cant. An illuminating, eminently readable guide to the ways in whichwe could make our schools the instruments they should be for educating men and women to live in a democracy.. (Rita Kramer, author of Ed School Follies)

The sanest, most commonsensical education-reform book I have seen in many years, What's Wrong with Our Schools is a trove of clear-thinking, hard-won front-line wisdom, rich experience, and policy sagacity. Our schools and children will be a lot better off if the authors' advice is widely heeded. (Chester E. Finn Jr., president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; author of Troublemaker)

The authors do an outstanding job of puncturing the balloon of progressive education, explaining in straightforward, clear, and compelling fashion why much of American K–12 education has failed over the past couple decades. Whole language, fuzzy math, constructivism, and the usual suspects are nicely critiqued. As What's Wrong With Our Schools indicates, the main culprit in all this is an abandonment of common sense by the gurus who dominate the profession. All in all, a great read, especially for parents wondering whether the emperor has any clothes or not (J. Martin Rochester, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis; author of Class Warfare)

If you read only one book on current affairs this year, make it this one. What goes on in our schools is at the core of all that happens in our country―what citizens know, what they believe, and how they behave.
The authors have marshaled all of the issues at stake in the so-called school wars, explained them lucidly and sensibly, and made recommendations that affect every American parent, teacher, school administrator and taxpayer.
They illustrate all sides of the arguments in the vast and often confusing literature on the various aspects of the education debates and they offer practical answers to some of the most vexing questions of the day, beyond spin and image, ideology and the cant. An illuminating, eminently readable guide to the ways in which we could make our schools the instruments they should be for educating men and women to live in a democracy. (Rita Kramer, author of Ed School Follies)

This fine and brave book more than delivers on its claim of common sense―an uncommon virtue in the world of school reform. It will empower parents and liberate teachers. I hope it will be widely read, for its message desperately needs to be heeded. (E. D. Hirsch Jr., founder, Core Knowledge Foundation; author The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them)

About the Author

Michael C. Zwaagstra is a high school social studies teacher at Green Valley School in Manitoba and a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Rodney A. Clifton is a professor of education and a senior fellow at St. John's College, University of Manitoba. John C. Long recently retired from the University of Manitoba where he was professor of educational administration.


Customer reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 3 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
7 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
September 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
7 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
9 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?