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Rethinking School

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Learn to navigate the school system in the way that works best for your children with practical advice from Susan Wise Bauer. From communicating with teachers to helping gifted or struggling students, Rethinking School provides smart, up-to-date, inspiring, and compassionate guidance.

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Learn to navigate the school system in the way that works best for your children with practical advice from Susan Wise Bauer. From communicating with teachers to helping gifted or struggling students, Rethinking School provides smart, up-to-date, inspiring, and compassionate guidance.

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Learn to navigate the school system in the way that works best for your children with practical advice from Susan Wise Bauer. From communicating with teachers to helping gifted or struggling students, Rethinking School provides smart, up-to-date, inspiring, and compassionate guidance.

Our K-12 school system isn’t a good fit for all – or even most – students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and is quick to label differences in learning styles as disabilities. Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged, disconnected, and unhappy. And when they struggle, school pressures parents, with overwhelming force, into “fixing” their children rather than questioning the system.

With boldness, experience, and humor, Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: When a serious problem arises at school, the fault is more likely to lie with the school, or the educational system itself, than with the child. Standardized testing, lengthy homework, and a lack of variety in assignments can create frustration and anxiety in many students. Rethinking School advises you on how to suggest changes and make decisions for your own child while still remaining respectful and supportive of the teacher and school.

In five illuminating sections, Susan teaches parents how to flex the K-12 system, rather than the child. She closely analyzes the traditional school structure, gives incisive criticisms of its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and even from giftedness (not as much of a “gift” as you might think!).

As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children and over twenty years of educational consulting and university teaching.

Rethinking School is a guide to one aspect of sane, humane parenting: Negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects your child’s mind, emotions, and spirit.

For more guidance on specific topics, check out Susan’s new articles here.

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Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 6.4 × 1.2 × 9.6 in
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ISBN-13

978-0393285963

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    5 out of 5 Rethinking School

    I am the President and Education Director of A One-Room Schoolhouse. We are a hybrid homeschool academy. This book, Rethinking School, inspired the development of our group and has been one of the most powerful books in my education journey with my children. It was a validating, inspirational read that gave me the idea for the structure of A One-Room Schoolhouse. Additionally, it gave me the courage to take action.

    If you are looking for outside of the box educational answers, this is the book for you. After reading Rethinking School, I felt empowered as an expert in my children’s education. It has helped me create A One-Room Schoolhouse for my children and others that are joining us.

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