This visionary, no-nonsense work should be required reading for all citizens and especially politicians who want real, effective, universal education instead of segmented holding tanks euphemistically called inner city schools.
This is an insightful book that concentrates on the urban schools in Chicago by a person who not only is qualified to critique what she found, but is part of the solution for all American Schools.
Everyone from the students to teachers to administrators to ACLU to Bill Gates are looking to reform the American Educational System. How reforms can become the process of improving public education.
It is well known the actual goal is to achieve true minute enhancements in schooling because it is so important to America's future success in a global economy.
As we know, even at the founding of our nation Third Grade Schooling was mandatory due to being as Jefferson described it, "A Democracy Is Dependent On A Well-Educated Electorate." In my opinion, this is what the author was seeking to explain as she described the obstacles to overcome in our inner cities schools.
There is no question; history has proven from empire to empire that great education have large social returns, in health, wealth, and well-being.
In history, each realms' education restructurings have taken different forms because the stimuli of reformers have differed under changes in society as the climb and fall.
The Author explains how reducing cost to students and society is by no means the sole answer, but actually how we spend the money on our children must be carefully controlled according to necessary resources, and above all making sure such assets, resources, and learning supplies are always accountable from responsible administrators, teachers, and political powers.
What the author is pointing out is education is extremely expensive but the wealthy are always ready to foot that tab for their children, but balk if Public Schools are given more money to increase innovations intended to lower the cost in the long run.
The author addresses the nonrepresentational, thoughtful comebacks to even the questions about educational corruption among each social power group that makes up our schools, and continue to ask for bigger budgets without results for personal pockets of profits and pensions.
The author, Ms. Vander Weele academically condenses huge aggregates of facts into comparatively few required principles to search for a step by step pathway to communicate commercially useful topics, by making sure instruction start with making sure the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic have to be master on the lower levels to succeed at the higher levels.
Yet, school resources and supplies often impede these goals due to egos, corruption, power grabs, and personal goals not in tune for the children and the parents that often ignore their children needs.
The book is an easy read, written in a beautiful style that can be understood on any educational level.
Current Students enrolled in Education Doctorate Programs should use this unique reflection to create New Thesis on each of Ms. Vander Weele's subject problem areas within her book.
I highly recommend this book for every Teacher, Administrator, Politician, and especially anyone or any organization seeking to provide systems to adequately reform America's Inner Schools and Schools in General.