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Our public education system is under attack. University professors say it doesn t have high enough standards, economists blame it for dragging down the American economy, politicians say it is not giving children the education that the American people demand, religious leaders say it refuses to allow God in schools, the news media portrays it as an overall failure--and one journalist even complains that public school teachers are fat! To all of this Dennis Fermoyle says, "Balderdash!"
Fermoyle, the author of In The Trenches: A Teacher's Defense of Public Education, is a thirty-one year veteran of public school classrooms. His views are based on real experience and they contain the much needed common sense that education critics and reformers often lack. While he acknowledges the problems public schools face, he makes it clear that the suggested reforms of both liberals and conservatives miss the mark. Fermoyle's battle plan for improving public schools includes assigning to students the responsibility for their own effort and behavior, giving teachers the power to remove students who are harming the education of their classmates, and giving principals the power to keep their best teachers.
In The Trenches profiles some of the many public schools and public school teachers who quietly and consistently produce students who do well and go on to success in college and their careers. Despite their performances, the conventional wisdom is that American public schools are "failing", and the danger is that this could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Fermoyle's passionate and practical defense of public education tells how we can keep that from happening while making our public schools the best they can be.
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Dennis Fermoyle is a graduate of Bemidji State University, and has been a high school teacher in northern Minnesota for thirty-one years. He and his wife, Susan, live in Warroad, Minnesota, and they have three grown children who all attended public schools and have gone on to success in their fields. Fermoyle teaches American History, Advanced Placement American Government, Economics, and Sociology at Warroad High School, and he is a co-head coach of the varsity hockey team. He has been his school district's Teacher of the Year, a local union president, a state championship coach, and president of the Minnesota State High School Hockey Coaches' Association. He earned his Masters Degree in 2001 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.
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Book Description Beaver's Pond Press, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111592981216