My new book – my first book – was released this summer (2013). As an ex-superintendent of schools, my book challenges The Seven Deadly Sins of the K-12 Education System. These 7 sins – or myths – are instructional practices or programs commonly seen and practiced in schools everyday. These include class size reduction, homework, technology, extended school days and others. However, and despite the positive assumptions associated with each one, there is little – if any – evidence suggesting that they have any impact on improving student achievement. Not only are they instructionally ineffective but are costly with little return on investment. It is time to narrow the gap between research and practice. So beyond debunking these long held assumptions and perceptions, the book also offers practical instructional alternatives for implementation. You can learn more about the book by visiting www.friesenpress.com/bookstore.
I would hope that you have a chance to read it, and when you do, please let me know your thoughts.