About My Book

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

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?

The only reason I was able to write The Crucial Voice of the People is the fact that I am a good listener. This book is written to make the alternative easy to understand; the ideas come from the People. The ultimate solution centers on grasping the original community education concept.

Key concepts include: 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 practices – policy 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 all heard that before. It’s true and it requires that we begin with a common understanding. Please review and share this flyer. Bringing people together to have real conversations about the array of topics covered is a necessary first step. Our children need us to do this; stop fighting and begin a real reform process that is guided by “the crucial voice of the local people.”

Endorsements     Preface     Bibliography      Borrow or Buy 

“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 from picking it up.

I hope you will share this page, this flyer, and the book. Thank you and enjoy the reading!

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)

Free review copies are available to book review editors and other reviewers. For any questions regarding review copies, please email reviews@rowman.com with your name, affiliation, and all contact information.