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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peg Tyre Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781452674063
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/6/2014

    " Lori loved this. Read it before you send your kids to school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qwerty | 12/29/2013

    " This book is a great resource for parents. It provides parents with everything they need to know when choosing a school, e.g., teachers, test scores, curriculum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/20/2013

    " ugh, this book is freaking me out. impossible to really understand how good a school is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starr | 12/19/2013

    " I think that this book could make some parents crazy with anxiety. However, I learned a few things in this quick read: plenty of research and at the end of each chapter, a few bullet points on what you can do when it comes to testing, teacher quality, preschool selection, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/18/2013

    " Changed the way I teach both my students and my own children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 12/8/2013

    " I really only read one chapter in depth...the rest I skimmed. Her point about not judging a school based solely on test scores is a good one. I'm coming to believe that administration is one of the best factors for determining whether a school is "good" or not, so make sure to interview principals! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sendhil | 8/1/2013

    " Must read for parents in the US with kids in K-12 schools. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharai | 10/4/2012

    " A brief yet comprehensible view of the American education system that is informative and revealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 8/28/2012

    " This was a fascinating read. I think it's a great book for anyone interested in their child's education. I learned a great deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 4/22/2012

    " A quick read for parents... a must read for parents who want the best for their kids, but aren't sure the right questions to ask. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayna | 3/6/2012

    " I highly recommend this book to any parent who has children in the public school system. We need to be more aware of what is going on behind the scenes at our children's school. It's so important to ask more questions and be involved in the classrooms! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/7/2012

    " Very helpful! Would recommend to anyone with young kids...NYC or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfajirikali | 1/4/2012

    " Provides overview of education theories, and summary points on how to evaluate school systems with a generous footnote section and index. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan Sharp | 10/10/2011

    " I am already quite daunted at the prospect of choosing the proper schooling for my children. This book did not help me out any in this regard, but it did provide some good information on useful teaching techniques and things that effective schools will do and not do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 8/28/2011

    " Lori loved this. Read it before you send your kids to school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qwerty | 8/21/2011

    " This book is a great resource for parents. It provides parents with everything they need to know when choosing a school, e.g., teachers, test scores, curriculum. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.