MAKE YOUR SCHOOLS WORK by Harvey B. & Leonard B. Stevens Scribner

MAKE YOUR SCHOOLS WORK

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Scribner was Chancellor of New York City Public Schools and Mr. Stevens was his special assistant--an experience which undoubtedly stirred in both men a conviction that the solution to the obvious failure of the system is a matter of moving mountains--with a bulldozer. The ten plans outlined here are radical, controversial and stimulating and they will undoubtedly enrage certain professionals--the ""ruling class"" for whom the schools work better, the authors charge, than for the children. Among the recommendations: to prevent ""lock-step"" progression a child should enter kindergarten or first grade on his school-age birthday; there should be year-round learning centers; parents ought to be able to select their child's teacher; each child should be provided with an older student tutor; utilize untenanted buildings; cut off unworkable high school programs and substitute a student/parent/community/teacher restructuring project; revamp systems with ""autonomous"" schools; grant ""external"" diplomas and education money for dropouts. Stated simply, without jargon, and without misty utopian visions, this is on first reading a shocker; on second reading one might begin to wonder ""why not""---given the fact that for many communities ""schools are so appallingly failure-ridden, (and) they tend so powerfully to stay that way."" Essential for parents, educators and all of us who must suffer the effects of a badly taught and demoralized young citizenry.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Simon & Schuster