The following is an excerpt from American Education services: A Modern Approach to American Education by Steven N. Miller and Mark B. Shuster, published by the University of Michigan Press.
When you think of a school, what do you think?
Do you think it’s a place where the kids go to get an education, or a place that teaches them to do what they need to do in order to get a job?
If the answer is that both are correct, then American education is facing a serious crisis.
I believe the key to solving the problem lies in two ways.
First, we need to redefine what it means to be a good school.
Second, we should redefine American education.
The problem is that we’re still trying to figure out what it really means to call a school “a good school.”
This book argues that we should begin by defining what a good education is.
As I describe in my book, A Good Education is About Making Our Children Great Again: The Case for Creating Great Schools in the 21st Century, our nation is failing to meet its promise to children that our educational system should be a place for them to succeed.
We have a system that is increasingly fragmented, a system where students are increasingly forced to take a variety of classes and tests, and a system in which students are forced to spend much of their time in class.
A Good Education: The New School Revolution by Steven Miller and Marc Shuster is an essential read for every parent, teacher, and school administrator.
American Education Services is an important book that outlines the new approach to American education that Miller and Shuster have devised.