The Village Proposal: Education as a Shared Responsibility is based on the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. Part education commentary, part memoir, the book analyzes the theme of “shared responsibility” in public schools, and analyzes the importance of sound teacher instruction; the effectiveness of America’s teacher colleges; the need for strong school leaders and supports; the need for strong parental and community support; the effectiveness of multiculturalism and social justice in closing the achievement gap; the relevancy of education policy; the impact of private business and politics on schools; and how the media and technology are influencing education.
The book also traces the career of a Philadelphia public school teacher. Through moving memoir, readers become privy to the transformation of an educator, witnessing a first-year English teacher struggling with classroom management become a veteran educator who develops within his students a passion for writing.
Why Read The Village Proposal?
- The book combines theory and practice by presenting data-driven research in the context of a real urban classroom.
- The book provides a comprehensive analysis of America’s public school system, from classroom teachers, to education schools, to the politicians who influence policy.
- The book provides realistic, workable solutions for improving nearly every aspect of education in America.
- The book highlights the urgent need for a “shared approach” when it comes to fixing America’s public schools.
- The book offers a window into the day in the life of an urban public school teacher.
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