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: 6/18/2018 1:13:58 PM

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