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Not With Our Kids You Don’t: 10 Strategies To Save Our Schools.


reviewed by Anne Wescott Dodd — 2004

coverTitle: Not With Our Kids You Don’t: 10 Strategies To Save Our Schools.
Author(s): Juanita Doyon
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325004862, Pages: 129, Year: 2003
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When Michael Fullan (1991: p. 246) noted that “the role of parents in educational reform has been sadly neglected and underestimated,” he couldn’t have been thinking of a parent with the energy and passion of Juanita Doyon, the author of Not With Our Kids You Don’t.  Doyon has been front and center expressing her views in a way no one can ignore. This book, then, is both a call to action and a handbook for effective activism.  The examples Doyon uses from her fight against the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) apply equally as well to NCLB.    A public-school parent and candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington state, Doyon believes our schools are in trouble—and have been heading in the wrong direction since the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983, two years before her oldest child entered kindergarten.  She explains: “In the country of education presidents, education governors, education trusts, partnerships for learning, and accountability commissions, …standards-based education is king and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 970-972
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11238, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:40:18 AM

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  • Anne Dodd
    Bates College
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    ANNE WESCOTT DODD is Senior Lecturer in Education, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, and the co-author (with Jean L. Konzal) of How Communities Build Stronger Schools (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002) and Making Our High Schools Better: How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). One of her earlier books, A Parent’s Guide to Innovative Education (Noble Press, 1992), was named by Child Magazine as one of the 10 best books for parents in 1992. In addition to parents’ involvement with schools, Dodd's research interests include teacher education and educational reform.
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