About My Book

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Ask for it at your local library or bookstore. Available at all the usual places on line. Please read. Thank you!

Wondering how we can take the public schools from a test-and-punish system to one focused on helping schools improve? If not now, when will America be ready for the alternative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)? (UPDATE: The Every Student Succeeds Act signed into law on 12/10/15 does not fix what was wrong with NCLB. Bad choice.)

My book — The Crucial Voice of the People — truly does represent the voices I have listened to, past and present. This book is written to make the alternative “model of excellence” easy to understand. The ultimate solution centers on grasping the original community education concept.

Other key concepts in the book: failure of the high-stakes testing theory to improve low-achieving schools, a time-tested alternative improvement plan, and how that plan can be put into education reform policy that drives responsible practicespolicy that works for and with the people, not against them.

Parents, teachers, policymakers, professors, school administration, and concerned citizens, the solutions include all of you! To be successful and sustainable, any plan to improve education must include all “stakeholders.” Certainly we have heard that before. It’s true and it requires that we begin with a common understanding. Please review and share this flyer and the links provided here…

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“Young’s analysis of educational policies and reform practices proved to be informative and useful while studying the effects of school reform on teachers…. We are all responsible for the education of our children, and The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present provides common sense answers to the problems in our educational system.” Joshua Bryan, Ed.D., Rural Science Teachers: Experiences and Perceptions of Educational Reforms, Academic Coach, Elementary School

“The book is well researched and documented, but still manages to be an easy read. A thought-provoking, insightful book…a must-read”  Janice Hildreth, Idaho Statesman

“This is the book that parents, teachers, and anyone with a stake in public education needs to read!” writes Conny Jensen, Colorado parent and blogger at Build Better Schools.

►The foreword by Gary Ratner, director of Citizens for Effective Schools, captures the goal, focus, and main themes of The Crucial Voice as well as puts emphasis on the current events that make this book so timely.
(Please visit the link provided for the entire foreword.)

Use the past to guide the future.

Use the past to guide the future.

► “The Road to Educational Quality and Equality: A Story with No Ending” is the new chapter that spawned all the changes in this book, justifying a second edition worthy of your time. It is based on findings from “The Coleman Report,” A Nation at Risk, research on community education, standards, effective schools, and The Necessary Revolution in American Education by Francis Keppel. Don’t let any of those titles deter you.

My book is written with the knowledge that if we are going to develop a common understanding among all stakeholders who want to help improve schools, education jargon is a barrier. It is an easy read, packed with ideas and solutions that can be tailored to meet your schools’ needs.

I hope you will share this page, this flyer, and the book. Thank you for caring enough to read this far and please contact me if you have questions you think I can help answer.

A division of

The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present
ISBN 978-1-4758-0021-0 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN 978-1-4758-0022-7 (electronic)

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