High Schools in Crisis: What Every Parent Should Know

High Schools in Crisis: What Every Parent Should Know

High Schools in Crisis: What Every Parent Should Know

High Schools in Crisis: What Every Parent Should Know

Synopsis

This book exposes the degree of rage today's teenagers feel and how our nation's schools are failing them, not just academically, but in just about every way imaginable. Hall and Handley propose practical techniques, procedures, and core values that can make high school a safe learning environment once again. Drawing from their many years of experience administering a high school that provided a safe and fulfilling learning environment, they introduce readers to teaching techniques, administrative policies, and design ideas that encourage students to speak out, express their indomitable idealism, and feel welcome and accepted.

Excerpt

The high school years represent a formative passage in our children's lives. and yet we are witnessing the continual decline in the quality of education in our public high schools. Shrinking budgets, burned-out teachers, and indifferent students seem to be the norm, and there seems little hope for improvement.

In response to this crisis parents are taking it upon themselves to forge new paths in high school education. Charter schools, independent study programs, and home schooling are flourishing nationwide, with nearly a million children being home schooled according to United States Census Bureau figures and 685,000 students enrolled in 2,695 charter schools, according to the National Charter School Directory 2003, Center for Education Reform. An article on alternative education published in the Los Angeles Times by David Pierson, puts the number of home schoolers at two million, although this number has not yet been confirmed by education officials.

Our years as teachers and administrators of a small, private high school named Mountain View in Ojai, California, confirmed for us that alternative education has established a place for itself in the lexicon of American education. This book provides guidelines and suggestions for parents hoping to improve the educational experience for their children, either within the public school system or outside of it. It contains a wealth of information on how classrooms can be designed for optimum student involvement, how creative curriculums can elicit enthusiasm, and how learning disabilities can be handled without resorting to “special education.” It also provides insights into the

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