Feathered Quill Book Reviews: A Parent’s Guide to Public Education by Russ Walsh – “Extremely well-written, extremely organized and understandable, essential for every parent”

Originally posted on Feathered Quill Book Reviews | Reviewed by: Amy Lignor | May 2016

When it comes to education reform, a labyrinth has been created. Questions and worries about whether or not a parent is making the correct choices for their child’s education and future are constant. This maze of ideas, possibilities, learning what’s good and what’s bad…it seems to be never-ending, with no actual answers to be found, making the maze confusing to the nth degree. With this book, however (one of the first that actually earns the “guide” title), a parent can breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge they gain from Walsh’s work.

Public education, as we’ve all played witness to, is slowly being buried. In fact, the “issues” that are appearing each day on news headlines and the internet make parents’ skin crawl. Obliterating the spelling program? Taking out handwriting in schools? Tossing public teachers aside to turn more towards “technological” education? It used to be simple: Go to school, learn, make memories and achieve your goals. Now, in 2016, that simple theory can no longer be counted on as being true. What Author Russ Walsh offers up is a well-laid out book featuring chapters that focus on subjects parents must know in order to discover what’s best for their child. A chapter on education reform begins the guide, addressing everything from the history of education reform to describing the impact that it has on you and your child. Walsh also offers up the best resources in regards to where parents can find even more data, depending on their question.

Chapters cover the realm of charter schools, what they are, how they meet students’ needs, etc.; as well as the pros and cons of homeschooling. Clear answers are given regarding the debate of standardized tests, as well as how to find and choose the best, highest quality teachers for the classroom. But Walsh goes one step further, not only addressing the technical side of things, but also addressing the social and emotional needs of the child.

Our grandparents told us tales of going to school (walking, mostly…can you believe it?) without cell phones in their pockets, without worrying about bullies in the hallways or that the local public school would end up on the evening news because of a shoot-out in the hallways. The anxiety is bad enough in 2016 for the parent; safety is a huge dilemma. So learning everything that can be learned to help navigate the waters of 21st century education, to give your child the best shot at a fantastic future, is a must! With this book, a parent can do just that.

Quill says: Extremely well-written, extremely organized and understandable, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century is essential for every parent.


A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My Child by Russ WalshA Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My Child

Paperback Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Ebook available on Amazon (download and Kindle Unlimited)
Ebook available on Apple iBooks, Kobo eBooks and B&N, July 2016
Print ISBN: 978-1-942146-33-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-34-6






Russ Walsh’s Parent’s Guide is a must read for any parent who is trying to make the best educational decision for their children. It is a clear, thoughtful response that will give parents wisdom, confidence and ease. Walsh is not only a professional, life-long educator, he is a beautiful writer whose style is thoughtful, clear and easy to read. A Parent’s Guide is the best guide for anyone who cares about public schools.” – Carol Corbett Burris, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education. Ebook is available as a download and on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

“Russ Walsh is a knowledgeable, insightful critic of the dogmatic school reformers who are driving American education back toward the 19th century instead of ahead into the 21st. His analyses are on par with those of Diane Ravitch, David Berliner, Yong Zhao … “- Dr. Don Ambrose, Editor, the Roeper Review

“A clear, concise parent’s guide to school in the age of education reform. In a discussion that has been characterized by a great deal of heat, Russ Walsh sheds some light and cuts through the fog of propaganda and PR. This is a clear, fair guide to what is in the best interests of your child, and what is just baloney. Best of all, in a discussion that is filled with questions about what’s best for the nation, Walsh helps parents answer the most important question—what’s best for my own child?” – Peter Greene, Author of the bookCurmudgucation: What Fresh Hell, Author of the “Curmudgucation” andEducation Week Teacher “View from the Cheap Seats” blogs

“Russ Walsh’s new book is a distillation of years of experience and wisdom from an actual expert in the field. This is essential reading for any parent, teacher, school board member, administrator or anyone who cares about the U.S. education system.” – Steven Singer, Pennsylvania educator and public school advocate.

For more reviews visit: “Early Reviews are in! Five Stars for A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century by Russ Walsh”.


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