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Playhouse: Optimistic Stories of Real Hope for Families with Little Children

“Playhouse is in part the inspiring portrait of  a real school with a particularly rich and powerful history and a tangible presence in a concrete time and a particular place—and it’s so much more. With an ethnographer’s eye and an oral historian’s ear, with the passion of a memoirist and the urgency of an advocate, Monica Taylor invites us into a community of children, reminding us that in our anxious, hurry-up world, the magic of a child’s growth is precious and cannot be forced.”– William Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago, founder of the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society.

“Incredible, utterly magical, Monica Taylor is making a huge difference in the world! Playhouse: Optimistic Stories of Real Hope for Families with Little Children is a book for every parent who is considering a preschool for their child and also for parents of children who are attending preschool.” – Amazon (5-stars)

“Beautifully written, insightful, and truly hopeful. I love the way she weaves together the personal with narratives about progressive education. I felt like I both connected to it and learned from it! These are the kinds of books about parenting/education that I love!” – Amazon (5-stars)

“In a world where children’s play and exploration are sadly undervalued, Monica Taylor shows us a place where children’s autonomy and natural curiosity is nurtured. Her book reveals how profoundly our children are impacted by their years of pre-school and how they shape us into the people we become. An inspiring read!” – Amazon (5-stars)

“A very personal, heartfelt, and informed discussion of early childhood education.” – Amazon (5-stars)

A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century

Extremely well-written, extremely organized and understandable, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century is essential for every parent. – Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“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.“- Dr. Don Ambrose, editor, the Roeper Review

“A clear, concise parent’s guide to school in the age of education reform. This is a clear, fair guide to what is in the best interests of your child, and what is just baloney.” – Peter Greene, author of the book Curmudgucation and Curmudgucation blog

“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, author of the book Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform and Gadfly on the Wall blog

“This book is what is needed in education right now. It is a parent friendly book that explains all the ins and outs of the school system and helps parents advocate for their children. A great read that I highly recommend!” – Amazon (5-Stars)

Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America

Thomas makes speed-of-light connections that are both dazzling and understandably dismaying. To wit, his conception of Trumplandia is admittedly and justifiably bleak (think Kafka on a bad day), a landscape characterized by racism, misogyny, exploitation, homophobia, and intolerance. Even though his contempt for Trump is obvious, Thomas focuses on arguments not personalities–arguments used by Trump and his followers to misleadingly frighten and confuse people. The world we are consequently inhabiting is indeed a “post-truth” one, to borrow Thomas’s phrase. The otherwise Stygian gloom of Trumplandia is periodically eased by well-known visitors–James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Barbara Kingsolver, and Kurt Vonnegut (among others), whose insights Thomas cites as a way to highlight a different and much preferable conception of humanity and human/humane relationships. Given the light that these and other authors can shine on perfidy, it should come as no surprise that Trump doesn’t read books–but anyone interested in opposing his actions and ideas should read this one by P.L. Thomas.

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