Garn Press Congratulates Russ Walsh on His Terrific KIRKUS Review of A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century
A great Kirkus Review is highly prized and not always given. The Kirkus Review for A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century by Russ Walsh is just about perfect. Kirkus states that the book is: “An extensive, well-organized work on the current state of public education.”
Given the social justice mission of Garn and the focus of the Press on “actionable knowledge” the following quote from the Kirkus Review is greatly appreciated both by Russ Walsh and Garn Press:
If we can make significant strides in improving the economic outlook of the 24% of American children living in poverty, improved educational opportunity will be the joyous and very predictable outcome.” Until then, parents tasked with navigating this inequality will have Walsh as their guide.
Russ Walsh has developed a study guide for A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century which you can access here.
You can also hear Russ Walsh read from A Parent’s Guide. He will be participating in the Garn Press Author Celebration in the Rare Books Room at the Strand Book Store on August 26th, also at the event on writing and publishing at Mercy College (Manhattan Campus) August 27th, and the much anticipated event on public education at the Dolphin Bookshop & Café in Port Washington on Long Island on August 28th. Each event has a different focus and Garn Press supporters are invited to attend all three.
Here is the Kirkus Review of A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century:
Walsh (There’s a Giant in My Classroom and other poems from around school, 2013, etc.) describes the current landscape of American public schools in this informative guide.
Public education is a remarkable feature of the American experience, and one that can prove transformative in the lives of children. Unfortunately, a number of factors have led to a system that’s anything but uniform: a patchwork of thriving or failing school districts that offer very different qualities of education. Walsh’s book, structured as a Q-and-A and divided into sections by topic, strives to answer questions, obvious and otherwise, that parents of a potential public school student should ask themselves. The author covers the current state of the education-reform movement (including its history, motivations, and achievement gaps) and looks at how to spot the qualities of a good school, how to prepare and assist one’s child outside the classroom, and the nuances of teacher quality, Common Core, standardized tests, and the charter school movement. Walsh’s questions are highly specific, such as “What does a developmentally appropriate middle school program look like?,” and quite comprehensive. One can read the book straight through, but the format encourages readers to skip around to find answers to the questions that most concern them. As a parent, teacher, literacy specialist, and public school advocate, Walsh is well-versed in the practicalities and politics of public schools. Although the book is a nuts-and-bolts manual meant to address the realities of the system as it currently stands, Walsh makes a point of editorializing on movements and solutions that he thinks would improve schooling for everyone. The first thing to keep in mind, he notes, is that education is not a solution to poverty. Rather, he says, poverty is the main impediment to education: “If we can make significant strides in improving the economic outlook of the 24% of American children living in poverty, improved educational opportunity will be the joyous and very predictable outcome.” Until then, parents tasked with navigating this inequality will have Walsh as their guide.
An extensive, well-organized work on the current state of public education.
A 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.
“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.