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Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

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It may "take a village to raise a child," but most American families are struggling, with diminishing social support, to do the job on their own. While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. More and more children may well not make it to a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by PublicAffairs
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This book is for all those parents in nursery school that try to get their kid to skip grades because they think their kid is better than everyone elses. Seriously. This book is a guide to help the people that want to social elite their kid early. The intro alone is obnoxious: FROM CRIB TO COLLEGE. I wonder if the author actually even believes half of what he wrote. While there are few good points in this how to revamp your parental thinking book, I can not say that his main points are crutial i ...more
This was a very good, common-sense book about prioritizing around kids and families. Kirp talks about five "big ideas" for programs that would transform kids lives. In a nutshell they focus on giving parents tools and training for being parents; early education; community schools; mentoring of kids; and a universal kids' savings account. I especially found the ideas around how to make our schools in to community schools engaging and interesting.
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I am a strong advocate for children and I want to make sure that they get what they need at school and beyond. David was fantastic in my opinion because of the cander and straight-forward approach in talking about what is good for kids. A must read in my opinion for all parents/teachers/anyone who wants children to succeed in the future.
I wanted to know more about the current state of education and what are the public policy challenges to making our education system better. This book had made me rethink some of what I thought I knew about how to help children and how we should be investing our tax dollars.
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