New York, NY (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
University of California (Berkeley) professor of education David L. Kirp spent a year observing the Union City school district and offers a compelling message about the importance of empowering the teachers and schools locally. As Kirp reveals in "Improbable Scholars," published this month by Oxford University Press, there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students.
Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan. The school district--once one of the worst in the state--has ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality early education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers. When beneficial new strategies have emerged, like using sophisticated data-crunching to generate pinpoint assessments to help individual students, they have been folded into the mix.
"Improbable Scholars" offers a playbook--not a prayer book--for reform that will dramatically change our approach to reviving public education.