Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book: Schools in Crisis

Book information:
Millions of children are not fulfilling their God-given potential in many of our nation’s classrooms. Their potential and purpose is literally being left on the floor of classrooms in many low-income communities. What may God have called them to do? How will a substandard education possibly prohibit them from accomplishing that purpose? In what ways are Christians and churches accountable for that? How are we our brother and sister’s keeper with respect to a quality education?

Join Nicole Baker Fulgham, formerly on the national staff of Teach for America and the founder of The Expectations Project, as she explores what our role is in solving the nation’s crisis for public education. This Barna Frame explores a critical topic of our time – Schools in Crisis

My thoughts:We don't have to look very hard in the news to find stories about problems in schools across our country.  What are we doing to try to solve these problems?  Should Christians get involved?  What can we do to make a difference?  These are the types of questions addressed in this little book from the Barna Group called Schools in Crisis.
What I like about this book is that it is easy to read and understand.  It is short in length so it is manageable to read in short time in a world where many people are busy and don't have time to sit down and read a long book about this topic.  It took me about an hour to read through it.  I learned some things about the problems facing schools across the nation and the trouble this causes for students and in turn society.  There are multiple graphs with data from various surveys that make the information presented easy to understand.  You will read a "frame" by Nicole Baker Fulgham who shares a story about a classmate that exemplified to her the vast disparity between education received by students from different schools.  This led her to want to know why this gap is the case for many students. In "Re/Frame" by Kristine Sommers and Jeff Martin, you will read three principles that should be considered by a church group before they begin helping a school.    

Whose problem is this?  Should you get involved?  Read this book and get some ideas on why it matters for you to be involved, even if you do not have children of your own in school. 

This book was provided to me through the BookLook Bloggers reviewer program.  Thank you. 

Have a day of blessings!

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