Achievement matters : getting your child the best education possible
Transcription of Annotations
Front and endpapers include notes with information on the author's career and his family. Others refer to his belief that special education is one way to failure, stress the importance of parental involvement in their children's education, and highlight the problem that roughly 4 million children are unsupervised in the afternoons after school, which tends to get them into trouble. Peer pressure not to be smart is also an issue addressed in the notes; it is pointed out that visiting museums, attending lectures or plays, is considered by some blacks to be too white. Counselors and teachers often have lower expectations of black kids and advise them not to aim too high. Under qualified teachers, especially in Math and Science, in inner-city schools present another problem identified in the notes, as is the problem of racial profiling and tracking. The author's recommendations, reflected in the notes, stress the importance of reading and talking to one's children, limiting TV time, and introducing children to museums. The author sees a role for the Church in teaching children to read. Also included in the notes are these questions and quotes: "What is Standard Keeper for parents? - Why is being tough rated high among black kids? Are boys different than girls? What is acting white? - Why is it that black boys start sloughing off in 3rd grade? - "Poor and minority children are systematically bludgeoned into low academic performance with a steady dose of low-level, boring, if not downright silly assignments and curricula." - "Parents should have zero tolerance for "lousy schools"." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book.