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"The failures and shortcomings of public
schools have resulted in the staggering statistic of 80 million undereducated Americans,
according to Friedman, head of a nonprofit organization that gathers research on
teaching methods. In this very plainspoken book, Friedman weighs in on the debate
about what is wrong with public schools and how to fix them. He criticizes the usual
solutions that are offered to ailing school systems: small class sizes, ability grouping,
whole-language instruction...Instead, he advocates very basic teaching techniques:
repetition; readiness that prepares children to learn particular skills; corrective
instruction: quizzing students until they grasp concepts; and one-on-one tutoring
and instruction. He advises using simple tools from performance motivators to memory
joggers to boost student achievement. Friedman backs up his advice with research
on the effectiveness of teaching methods and offers parents and teachers simple,
sound advice on helping children to learn."
Vanessa Bush in BOOKLIST, January 2005. American Library Association
"After reading your publication parents and others will have a good understanding of what makes schools effective and how to find out if their children's school is effective."
Dr. Anne Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
"In the all important task of making sure this nation's children have every opportunity to receive a quality education, we were pleased to have been asked for input and feedback."
Dr. Pamela J. Grotz, Executive Director, National PTA