Taking Control: Vitalizing Education

Synopsis

We all share responsibility for vitalizing American education. As Myles Friedman makes clear, many of the changes needed are beyond the ability of educators to implement alone. They need supportive coalitions among government, community, and business leaders and agencies to force change. The purpose of the book is to present a prescription for interesting students in school so that they will want to attend and learn; developing law-abiding, productive citizens who are able to keep our nation at the forefront through innovation; and enabling students to find personal satisfaction while making social contributions. The emphasis is on changing what and how students are taught, rather than on changing the organization or politics of education. Friedman asserts that it is the instruction students receive in the classroom that determines their potential much more than the structure of the educational system or the politics that govern it.

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