Item description for The Educated Child: A Parents Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade by William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn Jr & John T. E. Cribb Jr...
Overview Provides a guide for what parents should expect their children to learn at each stage of grade school and how parents can help their children do well.
Publishers Description "The Educated Child" defines a good education and offers parents a plan of action for ensuring that their children achieve it. Combining the goals that William Bennett enumerated as Secretary of Education, key excerpts from E. D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Sequence, and the latest research, it sets forth clear curricula and specific objectives for children from kindergarten through the eighth grade, including:
What children should be studying and the kind of work they should be doing
Important facts to learn and essential reading lists
When children should master specific math skills, spelling and grammar basics, and scientific facts
Test preparation, homework, and other areas that require parental involvement "The Educated Child" also examines timely issues such as school choice, sex education, character education, and the phonics/whole language debate. Perhaps most important, it encourages parents to become advocates for their children by learning what to look for in a good school, how to talk to educators, and how, when necessary, to push for needed changes. For parents concerned about their children's current education and future lives, it is the ultimate handbook.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Educated Child: A Parents Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade by William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn Jr & John T. E. Cribb Jr has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Home & School - 12/01/2000 page 31
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Studio: Free Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.27" Width: 6.15" Height: 1.63" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2000
Publisher Homeschool Bargain Books
ISBN 0684872722 ISBN13 9780684872728
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More About William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn Jr & John T. E. Cribb Jr
Dr. William J. Bennettis one of America s most important, influential, and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. A Brooklyn native, Bill Bennett studied philosophy at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.) and earned a law degree from Harvard. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett s Morning in America, he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. Former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981-1985), and Secretary of Education (1985-1988), and first Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (1989-1990), Bennett is a regular contributor to CNN and has contributed to America s leading newspapers, magazines, and television shows. He is the author and editor of eighteen books, two of whichThe Book of Virtues and The Children s Book of Virtuesrank among the most successful of the past decade. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland."
William J. Bennett currently resides in Chevy Chase, in the state of Maryland. William J. Bennett was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Educated Child: A Parents Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade?
Excellent, well-balanced resource for parent involvement Sep 3, 2007
The authors make the case for parent involvement by providing a clear picture of America's public school system. Without providing a blanket criticism of all schools and teachers, parents are reminded that only they can make sure their children receive the education they need to become successful citizens. By listing curriculum objectives by grade level they empower parents to ask questions about what their child is learning. Suggestions for working within the system - and within the family to supplement the system - are provided. Every parent should be this involved.
Wow!! A must-have for all parents AND teachers Jul 20, 2007
This book is so good I can't do it justice! As a teacher, I wish all my students' parents had read this. As a parent, I feel confident about the decisions I've made and will make, knowing I have informed, sound advice from such a worthy author. So many problems in education would be solved by teachers and parents reading and implementing what the authors recommend. This book helps parents understand what they should do and why to insure their child has the opportunity to get an excellent education. Money, or the lack thereof, is no excuse for ignorance. This is America and every child is offered a decent education until they are 18, unlike most countries. It is the responsibility of the child to work and earn an education and the parents to monitor them. Among other things, there are great suggestions about TV, not overwhelming your child with toys, specific books for your child, extensive resources for a wide variety of parenting needs, including homeschool, and even tips to help evaluate "expert opinions" and school curriculum. Parents should teach manners at home, self-esteem comes from accomplishing something worthwhile, and if schools spend time teaching those, it takes away time that should be spent teaching academic subjects. These ideas seem like common sense, but popular culture has introduced some bizarre and counterproductive ideas on child-rearing and education in the past 20 years. The tone of the book is empowering, not judgmental, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is involved in educating a child.
A commonsense guide to what kids should be taught.. Apr 7, 2007
I particularly like the checklists of what subjects are appropriate and customary at the various grade levels. It is a lot clearer and more interesting reading than the state standards our kids' school hands out, which are written in educator-ese. If you are interested in your kids' education then you should be interested in this book.
Good Analysis / Poor Solution Mar 11, 2005
This book provides a good overview of what children should learn year by year, subject by subject, and how parents can help them achieve their educational goals. One reviewer complained that the authors overemphasized the importance of limiting T.V. and reading to kids, but I am a teacher and can tell you that many parents don't bother to take those basic but crucial steps with their kids. The authors offer a good analysis of the problems with public education today (which both parents and schools can contribute to), but their main solution to the problems of the educational system is standardized testing. As a teacher in Texas, where high-stakes testing rules the public school system (which is why I work at a charter school and will never send my child to a public school in Texas), I have learned that placing such overwhelming emphasis on an annual test does not raise the standards of students' educations, it has actually caused too many schools to teach to the test, cheat, and neglect the needs of gifted students in order to prep the slower ones for the tests.
Unimpressive and unhelpful May 24, 2004
I purchased this book to help me with ideas for homeschooling my children. This book is the longest in my collection but it is the least informative. The first 100 pages or so deride the current efforts of public schools, yet offer little advice except "turn off the television" and "read to your children". The most interesting and helpful information in the book was taken directly from the Core Curriculum Series, which is a useful resource for parents who want to ensure that their child is receiving a good education. This book is preachy and redundant.