The Village Proposal

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.

Available from Rowman & Littlefield Education.  To order a copy, click here.


One response to “The Village Proposal

  1. Chris:
    I like the village concept and would like to see it happen. To add to your thought, I see a new educational village within the military establishment, which is organized, disciplined, and has room and board facilities. returning veterans, who don’t have much to look for on the outside, could share, lead, guide and teach. Families who lose their soldier, with little on the outside, could stay and support the village. Those participating could receive further education as well.

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