Not With Our Kids You Don’t: 10 Strategies To Save Our Schools.
reviewed by Anne Wescott Dodd — 2004
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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