Parents’ most pressing and worrisome questions about their children’s elementary school experience are addressed in this helpful resource. The explosion of education options and the emphasis on parental involvement often confuse or intimidate parents, prompting such questions as How can I know what’s going on in school if my child won't tell me? Do video games interfere with my kid’s ability to learn? What is school choice? Does "No Child Left Behind" make classrooms better? Is it okay to bribe my son to motivate him to do his homework? Explained in a simple and reassuring manner, apprehensive and concerned parents are advised to go easy on interrogation and to ask pointed questions about particulars: What was the worst thing about school today? may be a better conversation starter than How was school today? Topics range from curriculum and classroom concerns and homework and discipline questions, to social and moral issues. Insight is proffered into what motivates teachers, and suggestions for forging effective parent-teacher partnerships are included. This compilation of practical advice is grounded in years of classroom and administrative experience and extensive research.
About the Author
Dr. Keith W. Frome, EdD, is the author of the award-winning What Not to Expect: A Meditation on the Spirituality of Parenting, and a regular contributor to WBFO, Buffalo's NPR affiliate radio station. He is a former elementary school headmaster and a curriculum developer. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
"Frome combines two decades of concrete experience with a warmth and wisdom that help you understand your kid, your school, and yourself more clearly than ever." —Kinney Zalesne, coauthor, Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes
"[Frome's] book unlocks the secrets to the successful relationships between family and school which we all know are at the heart of improving student achievement." —William N. Moseley, headmaster, The Ensworth School, Nashville, Tennessee
"I used to wish for a parenting manual; I now have a 'how-to' manual for education." —Brigid Doherty, executive director, The Women's Fund
"[Dr. Frome] tackles the hard questions with clarity and confidence, and his fresh approach is marked by his trademark optimism and practicality." —Lee Coffin, dean of undergraduate admissions, Tufts University
"Keith Frome calmly answers parents' most distressing and vexing questions." —Vanity Fair
"This succinct and informative guide instructs parents on how to ask the right questions from teachers and educators concerning their child's progress." —Research Book News