Changes to Improve Schools is a book about educational reform. Richard Garrett has spent ten years researching the U.S. K-12 system to find things in need of improvements. The book has 17 chapters that cover a wide range of topics such as the performance of American students, classroom discipline, and apprehensions younger graduates face when deciding to pursue educational fields.
Richard W. Garrett PhD has been studying the U.S. public education system for 10 years and has concluded that major reforms are needed. This is his second book on this subject area. In 2017 he published: The Kids Are Smart Enough, So What’s the Problem? This new book is much more comprehensive with its 17 chapters touching on many diverse topics. What is unique about the new book is the set of 22 recommendations to improve the system.
Table of Contents
1 Does the U.S. Have National Goals?
2US Students Are Not as Good as We Think
3 When Did Things Begin to Go Bad?
4 Teachers, The Vital Ingredient
5 220 Precious Minutes
6 Discipline Issues Are a Major Problem
7The Success Equation for Children
8How Should Schools Be Organized?
9Learning to Read
10When Should Formal Education Begin?
11Who’s Going to Fix It?
12 Legal Issues - The Threat of Lawsuits Weighs Heavy
14The Massachusetts Miracle and the Maryland Commission
15 Overhead, A Constant Threat
17 What Changes Must be Made to Reform the System?
Appendix 1 Introduction to Website
Richard Garrett's proposals to reform public education are data-driven and supported by the testimony of public-school teachers, administrators, education scholars, and experts in the field. There is no doubt that the system needs reform in many ways. Garrett's book exposes the root causes of its failures and provides 22 workable solutions.
Richard Garrett presents a blueprint of 22 workable pillars that might be able to hold up America's, top-heavy, and collapsing educational structure. These twenty-two pillars are reinforced by scholars, teachers, and common sense. Policymakers should read Garrett's blueprint, and enact his advice, before the collapse gets any worse.
In this research-laden analysis, Garrett methodically and intricately shares with readers what he does in fact know and why the existing situation is so dire — and aims to offer solutions to fix it, as the title suggests….Anyone who cares about our youth and cares about our country should add this title to their must-read list.
9/11/23, BookTrib: Garrett is interviewed and discussedthe current state of US education and what he hopes for students of the future.