Debra Craig, Author of "Why Is the Teacher's Butt So Big?" Gives Back to School Advice for Parents: Get Smart About Your Child's School

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New book helps parents understand public schools better and gives advice on solving problems with teachers and the educational system.

This fall, 48.2 million children will be returning back to school. For some parents, the year will go very smoothly. But for many other parents, school will be a series of problems concerning grades, teachers, and even school policies. With her perspective as a teacher and parent of two children who attend junior high school at a public school, author Debra Craig gives parents advice on how to make this a very good school year for all children, regardless of what grade they are in.

Her book, "Why Is The Teacher's Butt So Big? Plus 111 Other Mysteries Of Public Schools" is an insightful, sometimes critical, but always entertaining look at public schools, schools that have probably changed since the parents attended them. As a school teacher, she is the first to admit she doesn't understand why schools or teachers do some of the things they do, or think they way they think. Debra shares her 111 mysteries about schools with readers and explains, “Just because teachers and educators are perceived as being smart, it doesn't necessarily mean that they can't be wrong about policies or the way things are done.”

This became more evident to Debra in her role as a parent of a son who wasn't academically motivated. He had a teacher who was unyielding and wouldn't give second chances. Not wanting other parents to feel the frustration and helplessness of a system which, she thought was designed to encourage student learning, Debra is now passionate about helping parents understand public schools. “Good schools are not just about the teachers, they are about the parents. Public schools, all public schools, will only become successful when parents understand they hold the key by being proactive, and not just because the government mandates growth on standardized tests.”

The title of the book refers to a true comment a kindergartner made to another kindergarten on Debra's first day of teaching eight years ago. Little did she realize then, that from her first day of teaching until her last day in the classroom, as a classroom teacher, “Everyone's a critic!” Debra observed, “There will always be administrators, or parents, or politicians, kindergartners, or even myself, you will ask 'Why aren't my lessons better?' 'Why isn't my class quieter?' 'Why aren't my test scores higher?' 'Why don't I have a smaller behind?' Sometimes as a public school teacher, I feel as if I'm in a 'no-win' career.” Debra also wanted the title to be somewhat absurd, just like some of the thinking that takes place in education.

For more information or to obtain a free review copy, please contact the author at (951) 247-6980, go to or write to her at [email protected] Books may be purchased through,, and soon at selected teacher supply stores.

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