Schools Cannot Do It Alone

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Schools Cannot Do It Alone tells of Jamie Vollmer, businessman and attorney,as he travels through through the land of public education. His encounters with blueberries, bell curves, and smelly eighth graders lead him to two critical discoveries. First, we have a systems problem, not a people problem. We must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town; everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs. Drawing on his work in hundreds of districts, Jamie offers teachers, administrators, board members,and their allies a practical program to secure the understanding, trust, permission, and support they need to change the system and increase student success.

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"We are so fortunate to have this thoughtful record of Jamie's transformation from cynical businessman to committed public education supporter. I wish everyone who cares about our future could read this story and share his discovery that 'public education is a miracle.'"
--The Honorable Richard W. Riley, United States Secretary of Education 1993 - 2001

"Vollmer has written a tonic for the educator's soul! Teachers, administrators, and school board members will LOVE this message. His solutions are radical, sensible, and, above all, doable. Read this book and then act, whether you are a parent, educator, or citizen who cares about our country." --Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

"Jamie Vollmer brings a refreshing voice of reason to the education reform debate. Schools Cannot Do It Alone is the how-to manual for starting the conversations that will ultimately ensure that every child receives a quality public education."  
--Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
"Vollmer provides a new understanding of the complex issues we face. His captivating story shows how we can work together to help our schools and communities meet the demands of a rapidly changing society."
--Gerald N. Tirozzi, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals

"With fresh eyes, Jamie helps us see and feel how the permeating culture within our schools is tied to public attitudes and beliefs. His strategy for change is just what today's educators and their allies need to build an authentic conversation about increasing student success."
--Rich Bagin, Executive Director, National School Public Relations Association

"It is true, Schools Cannot Do It Alone. Jamie offers every community an opportunity to develop successful models for student and school success."
--Chuck Saylors, President, National PTA

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No generation of educators in history has been asked to do what Americans now demand of their public schools. Each year the burden grows, and each day millions of teachers and administrators give everything they've got to meet the challenge. Their record of achievement is remarkable. But no matter how hard they work, or how often they are criticized, they cannot produce the results our nation needs. Not because they are arrogant, overpaid, or unionized. America's educators cannot "teach all children to high levels" because they work in a system designed to do something else: Select and sort young people for an industrial society that no longer exists.
 
Schools Cannot Do It Alone tells of Jamie Vollmer's extraordinary journey through the land of public education. His experiences lead him to two critical discoveries. First, we have a systems problem, not a people problem. We must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town; everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs. Drawing on his work in hundreds of districts, Jamie offers teachers, administrators, board members, and their allies a practical program to secure the understanding, trust, permission, and support they need to change the system and increase student success.
--Enlightenment Press

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