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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peg Tyre Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We all know that the quality of education served up to our children in US schools ranges from outstanding to shockingly inadequate. How can parents tell the difference? And how do they make sure their kids get what’s best? Even the most involved and informed parents can feel overwhelmed and confused when making important decisions about their child’s education. And the scary truth is that evaluating a school based on test scores and college admissions data is like selecting a car based on the color of its paint.

Synthesizing cutting-edge research and firsthand reporting, Peg Tyre offers parents far smarter and more sophisticated ways to assess a classroom and decide if the school and the teacher have the right stuff. Passionate and persuasive, The Good School empowers parents to make sense of headlines; constructively engage teachers, administrators, and school boards; and figure out the best option for their child—be that a local public school, a magnet program, a charter school, homeschooling, parochial, or private.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Parents who most need this information won’t find it on their own. All the more reason Tyre’s book deserves a place on public library shelves.”

    Library Journal

  • “Peg Tyre lays out the fundamentals of a good school—and a good education—clearly and without bias.”

    Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 2/18/2014

    " Should be required reading for any parent with kids entering preschool. I originally got this from the library, but decided to buy it to keep as a reference (it's that good!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/12/2014

    " This book was wonderful. I felt it accurately portrayed the state of education today, and it is very insightful as to what parent's can do to help their child(ren) receive the best education available. The author also admits several times that it will be very difficult and in many circumstances there is not a lot that can be done, save for true educational reform. If you have children, it will definitely heighten your level of anxiety! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marissa Morrison | 1/10/2014

    " This is a fast read and a crucial book for anyone who is either teaching or sending a kid to school. Relying on a ton of research, Tyre highlights things that work in education--e.g. Tools of the Mind, Singapore math, phonics, aerobic exercise, summer enrichment, and teachers who were good students themselves. She also makes a strong case against the current obsession over high stakes tests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon Brandli | 1/9/2014

    " I was expecting a public-school bashing report but was pleasantly surprised. The author wisely advises looking beyond test scores which is so refreshing to hear! History of different aspects blends in nicely. "

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About the Author

Peg Tyre is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Trouble with Boys and was awarded the prestigious Spencer Research Fellowship at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing about education has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, and Family Circle, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.