The Book

The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present is a constructive alternative to the failed reform efforts of the past three decades.

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Of the raw manuscript first titled “Just a Parent,” Dr. Seymour Sarason (September 8, 2008) wrote me referring to it as “a book to parents who are mystified by the failures of educational reform.” Those that knew Sey, or his work, know what a great compliment that was coming from a man who understood so much about the failures of reforms. If he were alive today, I would hope he would now view this second edition as also being useful to education scholars.

“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.

“Education policy is made without reference to the most important people–parents, children and teachers. Dictates come from the corporate world, billionaires and politicians. It is high time that the most relevant voices are heard and that we rebuild free public education to make it serves the needs of children growing up in the 21st century….From a long-time teacher’s point of view, Victoria M. Young is a crucial voice to be heard.”  Amazon review by Vicki Heisler

A 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.)

► “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. To get a taste of what this chapter offers, please read this ten blog series that begins on my July 1, 2013 entry The March Begins and ends on August 7th.

Thank you and enjoy.

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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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