Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight
“If you are a teacher, a parent, or a taxpayer, Push Has Come to Shove is a must read!”
Dr. Steve Perry is a teacher, a principal, and the author of Raggedy Schools: The Untold Truth (2009). A frequent guest on national television, Dr. Perry is a critical voice in American education.
Dr. Perry brings his rich background as a leading American educator to the forefront in his Push Has Come to Shove. As a teacher and principal, he makes his book sizzle with the provocative. The problem, if one should call it that, is what can one say about a book that says so much about the man who wrote it?
Hurling challenge after challenge to those who would read and listen, Dr. Perry informs us of the disgraceful situation currently existing in the American educational system. One statistic will serve as an example. Dr. Perry claims 80% of those college students in remedial classes had maintained at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their high school years. It doesn’t take an Einstein to see the disparity. These students are not prepared to do college work.
Very little is left unexamined in this well thought-out tome. Potential teacher interviews, lesson plans, meeting the learner head on, school administration, and community involvement are included. Woven like a fine tapestry, positive examples thread their way through his criticism. Short trips down memory lane and student commentary are added to make this a must read exposé.
Is Dr. Perry perfection? As he is prone to say, “Hell no!” Nonetheless, he does claim that our current educational system is beyond repair. He wants every community to sue its school board for dereliction of duty and gross negligence.
If you are a teacher, a parent, or a taxpayer, Push Has Come to Shove is a must read!