Fact: roughly 9 out of 10 Americans attend public school. That means people of all vocations and ages will enjoy reliving their middle school years in Public Education: Spending Less, Achieving Lesser. Take a trip back to sixth grade and laugh out loud as you witness the daily interactions between students and teachers. Eleven is such an influential age, and its stories are priceless. It's the first crack in the breaking away, growing-up process. Now you can reminisce about those days. At the same time, learn how public education has struggled since the Great Recession, when school budgets were gutted. In many cases, funding has not recovered. Add in an annual list of "unfunded mandates" from the state and federal government, and schools are constantly being asked to do more with less. Public education in the United States has become an "expense" rather than an "investment" at a time when we are competing in a world economy. This shortsighted view affects every student and parent in the country. The learning experience, the author has always felt, depends on the delivery, not just the product. Find the right teacher, suddenly you like the topic. Some teachers are role models for life. Some are distained forever. Everyone has memories of school, both good and bad. Remember, the role of an educator has always been to grow the tree, not chop it down. Read this optimistic and enjoyable novel and experience this mayhem called public education.
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