The Educated Child: A Parents Guide from Preschool to Eighth Grade

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Just as William J. Bennett's The Book of Virtues has helped millions of Americans teach young people about character, The Educated Child delivers what you need to take control. With co-authors Chester Finn and John Cribb, former Secretary of Education Bennett provides the indispensable guide.

The Educated Child champions a clear "back-to-basics" curriculum that will resonate with parents and teachers tired of fads and jargon. The Educated Child places parents squarely at the center of their young one's academic career and takes a no-nonsense view of their responsibilities. It empowers mothers and fathers, enabling them to reclaim what has been appropriated by "experts" and the education establishment. No longer will you feel powerless before the education "system."

Advocates of trendy approaches, touchy-feely esteem-enhancement schemes, and "values-free" education will disagree. Those who believe that today's low education standards are good enough, or that young Americans cannot be expected to learn as much as children in other lands, will take issue. But if you seek high standards and solid, time-tested content for the child you care most about, if you want the unvarnished truth about what parents and schools must do, The Educated Child is the one audiobook you need to ensure that your little girl or boy receives a truly good education.

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William J. Bennett, that doyen of common sense who brought us The Book of Virtues, has returned to the topic of child rearing, delivering a massive canon on the education of young children. He joins fellow veterans of the U.S. Department of Education Chester E. Finn Jr. and John T.E. Cribb Jr. in offering a traditional, back-to-basics resource for parents. The Educated Child is a tome to page through and return to as the years go by, with chapters divided by subjects and grade levels. One of the most helpful aspects of the guide is its outline of what to expect--or demand, in some cases--in the K-8 essentials. The writers list book titles, historic dates, science topics, and other issues that should be covered, borrowing heavily from E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Series, the fact-specific book series that begins with What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know.

But Bennett et al.'s take on education goes further, with the authors weighing in on such controversial topics as sex education, TV, the Internet, self-esteem, and school uniforms with statements that largely reflect their conservative reputations. They also stick to the insistence that Western culture be emphasized in American classrooms. In some cases, however, the three don't always agree--acknowledging diverging views on year-round education, for instance. Some of what they cover is basic, instinctive stuff: we don't need another guide telling us to talk to our children about their school day. But there's valuable advice, too, such as how to save your child from a bad teacher and what questions to ask in a parent-teacher conference. For parents puzzled or overwhelmed by what the authors refer to as "the blob" of the education bureaucracy, The Educated Child can be a helpful insiders' view from those who once governed the biggest blob of all. --Jodi Mailander Farrell

About the Author:

William J. Bennett was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Secretary of Education under President Reagan and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bush. The author of The Book of Virtues and several other bestsellers, he is a fellow of the Heritage Foundation and co-director of Empower America.

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