Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 1, 2009 - 320 pages
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In Smart Kids, Bad Schools, award-winning author and educator Brian Crosby draws on his twenty years as a high school English teacher to offer a candid appraisal of why our schools are failing and what we must do to save them. Crosby's no-holds-barred critique of the broken education system leaves no stone unturned: he is unapologetic and uncompromising in his exposť of how teachers, administrators, unions, and parents all play a part in this national tragedy.

Crosby offers 38 ideas to save America's future and his proposed remedies are revolutionary. He recommends bold measures, such as lengthening the school day and school year, forcing parents to volunteer at schools, abolishing homework, outlawing teachers unions, and cutting special education funding. The result is a book that is likely to inflame passions on all sides of the political spectrum, and, in the process, introduce new ideas to a debate that is in dire need of them.

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Review: Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America's Future

User Review  - Miroku Nemeth - Goodreads

Crosby begins his book with some compelling statistics that should cause one to contemplate the seriousness of the dysfunctionality of the current American education system: *Two-thirds of eighteen to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jose - Goodreads

Crosby has some really great ideas. A whole lot of okay ideas. A few objectionable ideas. A handful of pipedreams. I would recommend it but the overall tone of condescending sarcasm makes it really hard to get through. Read full review


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Brian Crosby is a National Board Certified, twenty-year veteran high school English teacher in the Los Angeles area. He is the author of The $100,000 Teacher, which was chosen as the Best Education Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. Mr. Crosby, who recently founded the American Education Association, speaks regularly on education issues and is a frequent commentator on television. He lives in Burbank, California, with his wife, two sons and dog.

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