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978-1-60709-913-0 • Paperback • October 2010 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-60709-914-7 • eBook • October 2010 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Anthony Pedriana spent thirty-five years as a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee's central city. Since retiring in 2005, he has meticulously researched the discrepancies between reading ideology and reading science.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Message from the Author
Chapter 3 Prologue
Chapter 4 A Failure to Communicate
Chapter 5 Gayle Force
Chapter 6 Soporific Effluvium
Chapter 7 Preponderance of the Evidence
Chapter 8 The Weak Arm of the Law
Chapter 9 So Shall We Reap
Chapter 10 The Unkindest Cut of All
Chapter 11 The Three Rs: Reform, Reform, Reform
Chapter 12 Teaching to Mastery
Chapter 13 Through Johnny's Eyes
Chapter 14 Rescuing Johnny
Chapter 15 Epilogue
Anthony Pedriana has exposed a raw nerve. He has taken the educational world to task for its willingness to ignore scientific principles and thus create tragic patterns of school failure that will haunt children throughout their lives. This book is a must-read for teachers and those who must prepare them for the harsh realities of the classroom.
— Janie Hatton, former National Principal of the Year and deputy superintendent of schools
Leaving Johnny Behind serves as a clarion call for the next generation of reading instruction and literacy skill development. Anthony Pedriana provides a clear view of the most effective approaches to reading instruction and how we can provide teachers the training and support necessary to transform virtually every child into a strong and confident reader. If we are to make long-term improvements to our schools, we need to start with Leaving Johnny Behind.
— Patrick R. Riccards
In Leaving Johnny Behind, Anthony Pedriana confronts the issue of how low literacy and academic failure create pathways to violent crime. It is a compelling narrative of a fictional Johnny, but a realistic portrayal nonetheless. This book should be on every teacher's reading list.
— Cecile Guin, director, Office of Social Service Research and Development, Louisiana State University
To learn more about the book and how America can turn around the crisis of at-risk young readers, check out his website!