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School is our children's second home. They will spend more time there than anywhere else in their formative years. We all need to talk honestly about the nature of this environment, how it works, and how it doesn't work. Our kids are depending on us to create a school system where they can learn as well as feel happy. The more we know about how school works, the better we ...more
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Published August 17th 2013 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hilary
Aug 06, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it
This took me a while to read because I found it very thought-provoking. I can see myself re-reading this as my child gets closer to school age, and again when he's been in school for a while.

It first puts the current US school system in context by explaining the history behind the factory-style education system and prison-inspired school buildings; it includes the benefits and drawbacks, the problematic characteristics for children, and how some changes can be made. Unfortunately, as with most t
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Sarah Daigen
Aug 30, 2014 Sarah Daigen rated it really liked it
This is a really important book to read as a teacher - which isn't to say I agree with everything Michael Reist says. I think he focuses a bit too much on sex/gender as causes for educational struggles, and - perhaps I'm just too much a product of the 'factory school system' but - I have a hard time going quite so far as he does in dismissing certain core subject areas that "everyone should learn". BUT he raises some truly important points about how school could be made more comfortable for all, ...more
Nick Turner
Sep 06, 2013 Nick Turner rated it really liked it
Honest and thought-provoking analysis of schooling in the U.S. with concerns relevant to most countries with mass schooling. Written in everyday language with intuitive from-the-child arguments. The author emphasises how strange the school environment is e.g. sitting still for hours just doesn't fit some children.

Learning foreign languages is easier for young children than for teenagers or adults. The benefits of exposure to another culture (especially for children from parochial families who n
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My oldest is starting first grade in a month and a half. I'm terrified.

Hope this book doesn't give lots of bad advice!
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Michael Reist is a nationally-recognized authority on the needs of children. He is the author of the Canadian bestseller Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World as well as What Every Parent Should Know About School and The Dysfunctional School: Uncomfortable Truths and Awkward Insights on School, Learning and Teaching.

His most recent book is entitled Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys.

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