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Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even…
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307720314, Hardcover)Guest Reviewer: Steve Harvey on Push Has Come to Shove
Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, and has become one of today’s most multi-faceted entertainers as a radio personality, actor, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV host. His bestselling books include Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Straight Talk, No Chaser. Harvey hosts the annual Hoodie Awards honoring community business and leaders, and he also mentors youth through the Steve Harvey Foundation.
Take it from a guy who knows what it’s like to work a lot of gigs: Dr. Steve Perry, who divides his time between being the planet’s most effective school principal and a shake-up-people’s-thinking contributor to CNN, is the hardest-working man in the education biz. And that’s damn lucky for the thousands of kids who, because of Perry’s “serious as a heart attack” approach to education, are now heading off to four-year colleges rather than talking trash on street corners. It’s lucky, too, for parents who get to read this amazing book. The title, Push Has Come to Shove, is pure Perry-- and so are the big fat water balloons Perry aims at the education system’s many culprits. But Perry isn’t just a funny-as-hell, fed-up-and-tired-of-excuses dude giving “don’t know jack” teacher’s-union goons, lazy teachers, and political hacks well deserved kicks in the pants, the man has real solutions. He lays it all out here: how to get your kid better teachers, a better curriculum, and a better future. I love Steve’s impatience: he doesn’t want any of us to be putting up one more day with what we’ve been putting up with. He wants your kid turned on right now to the idea of being smarter. It’s about time someone inside the education system pulled back the curtain on what’s lacking, so the common man can help his children get an exceptional education.
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This book is a guide to saving America's schools. Have you been to a school lately? Have you sat through the six hours and forty-five minutes of the excruciating tedium we send our kids to every day? When we ask our kids, "What did you do in school today?" and they mumble, "Nothin'," they are telling the truth. The author understands why some parents are downright panicked about what is going on in their kids' classrooms, and how other parents, whose kids supposedly attend the "good" schools, still fear that their children are falling behind. As principal of one of the best performing schools in America, one that sends 100 per cent of its mostly minority students to four-year colleges, the author delights in poking the system. Present him with a "truth" about how education is supposed to work and he will show it to be false. Dictatorial teachers' unions, lazy teachers, entrenched unimaginative school boards, reactionary "curriculum guardians" who, as a lure to get kids reading, cling to the same old stodgy texts, all despise him. That means he is making a difference. In this book, his priority is to help kids who do not have the advantage of going to his school, Capital Prep. He wants to save your kid, and the kid next door, and the kid down the street from getting a typical third rate American education. This book helps parents who have worried recently about how depressed their child seems when he dresses for school in the morning or how little of what happens during the school day seems to sink into her brain, or how much of their child's homework is busywork. It offers advice for teachers who are putting their heart and soul into the job but are surrounded by colleagues who are "phoning it in". It is a guide for committed, forward thinking principals who want to get rid of the faculty bad apples, but are continually stymied by Mafia style teachers' unions. Citizens who worry about the $1 trillion plus GDP loss that America suffers every year because our system of education does not measure up, will also find this book helpful. In this solution oriented guide, the author covers the full range of issues holding back today's students. He shows parents how to find great teachers (and get rid of the bad ones), how to make readers out of kids who hate to read, how to make the school curriculum thrilling rather than sleep inducing, how to conduct an all important education "home audit", how to "e-organize" if school boards and administrators are not getting the message, how to build a "school of the future," and much more.
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