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Wanted: A Queen of Education
Candidate must be able to take decisive action, cut through red tape, deflate the bureaucratic bloat, wrestle with the diagnostic nightmare of ADHD, and refuse to sell out her students to the corporate fat cats.
Though we have "education presidents" who give lip service to fixing schools—what we really need is a Queen of Education who will get the job done. Anyone searching for such a candidate would put LouAnne Johnson's resume on the top of the stack of likely applicants. LouAnne Johnson is the gutsy ex-marine turned teacher who has wrestled with tough kids and even tougher adults. Her life inspired the movie Dangerous Minds — which was based on her book My Posse Don't Do Homework. Johnson's knack for finding original solutions to intractable problems has not only made her an exemplary teacher but a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.
In this engaging book, "Queen" LouAnne offers her down-to-earth advice about fixing schools. Johnson makes no secret about the fact that she is fed up with an educational system that is too quick to label and write off children who don't fit the mold. Among her royal rules for fixing the system: no class shall have more than 20 students, all elected representatives must teach in a public school classroom for two weeks, and the testing frenzy must stop this very second! LouAnne is a passionate advocate for schools that are smaller, healthier, more humane, and more attuned to different learning styles. With humor and good sense, she shows how a compassionate teacher or parent can cut through the red tape and make a crucial difference in the life of a child.
"LouAnne Johnson's book is a blend of common sense, humor, and practical, down-to-earth ideas of how each one of us, as a parent or a concerned citizen, can make a contribution toward improving America's public schools. I highly recommend it."
"As a former student of LouAnne's first 'at risk' class, I experienced firsthand her approach to education. The result was nothing less than a miracle. This book has the power to do for the United States education system what it did for our class; turn a flawed reality into an exemplary system of education."
"LouAnne Johnson writes with passion, humor, and good old common sense about the joys and frustrations of teaching, and the ways in which caring individuals can make a critical difference. Her book is a must read for all who have a stake in the success of our schools."
Praise for Dangerous Minds
"Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students."
"Remarkable - Johnson proves that unorthodox methods can turn a problem kid into an "A" student."
Critical Acclaim for LouAnne Johnson
The Queen of Education
"Johnson (Dangerous Minds), a high school teacher, lecturer, educationalconsultant, and former marine, has written a commonsense book about how the U.S. public education system is failing our children and how it can be fixed."
"Johnson offers passion and a fresh perspective on where we've gonewrong in public education and what to do about it. Public school educators and parents will enjoy Johnson's humor and candor, as well as her insightfulsuggestions for improvement."
"Teachers, administrators, parents, and policy makers shouldtake note of Johnson's simple but compelling ideas. Maybe having a 'queen ofeducation' is something to consider."
"LouAnne Johnson writes with passion, humor, and good oldcommon sense about the joys and frustrations of teaching, and the ways in which caring individuals can make a critical difference. Her book is a must read forall who have a stake in the success of our schools."
"As a former student of LouAnne's first 'at risk' class, I experiencedfirsthand her approach to education. The result was nothing less than a miracle. This book has the power to do for the United States education system what it did for our class; turn a flawed reality into an exemplary system of education."
About the Author
LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, and high school teacher. She is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds. Johnson is an ESL teacher, student advocate, and educational consultant.
Table of Contents
The Author xvii
Prologue: The Richest Country in the World—A Twenty-First-Century Fable 1
1. The Queen of Education 15
2. Questions That Keep Me Awake at Night 25
3. The Accidental Teacher 33
4. Memo to the Boss 51
5. Down with Detention 65
6. Dear Miss J 81
7. Truth in Labeling 95
8. Hey Miss J! 111
9. Scotopic Sensitivity 129
10. The Big Fat Problem 143
11. Why I Wouldn’t Give My Own Kid Ritalin 153
12. My Dream School 171
Epilogue: An Open Letter to Teachers 193
Appendix: Two-Minute Reviews 195
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