Good School


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$18.99  $17.66
St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.56 X 8.22 X 0.69 inches | 0.51 pounds

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About the Author

Peg Tyre is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Trouble with Boys. She was awarded the prestigious Spencer Research Fellowship at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where she began work on The Good School. Her writing about education has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Family Circle, and She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Peg Tyre lays out the fundaments of a good school--and a good education--clearly and without bias. How I wish I'd had this book when my husband and I were choosing an elementary school for our daughter!" --Peggy Orenstein, author of the New York Times-bestselling Cinderella Ate My Daughter

"[Tyre] wields research like a scythe, slicing through the thick growth of deeply rooted beliefs about education, forging a path for bewildered or frustrated parents." --The New York Times

"Journalist Peg Tyre's new book...condenses decades of education research to help parents make better choices about selecting schools for their children." --USA Today

"Tyre offers solutions. With a splash of history, the author discusses pedagogies, as well as what to look for in a good preschool teacher...[and] provides respectful ways for approaching--or changing--the system...This is not an indictment of teachers, but rather an eye-opening tool for parental involvement." --Kirkus

"With research and news reports documenting a range in school quality from glorious to horrendous, how is a parent to know where their child's school fits in that range? Education journalist Tyre analyzes the factors that contribute to a good school, giving parents practical advice on how to evaluate schools...An engaging and valuable resource." --Booklist

"If you have young children or have children who have young children, I hope you will [read this book]-- it's a chatty, non-theoretical story of how our schools got to be testing-machines-so-the-states-get-federal-education-money and how, despite that, you can help your offspring acquire some book learning...[Tyre is] as much of a resource as a great librarian or that teacher you'll never forget. Use her." --Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post

"Tyre mines education research data to find out which programs and strategies give kids the highest probabilities of academic success. The result is a concise handbook for parents, one that applies a macro-economic view of education in an effort to create a more rational market around school choice."