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Trade Paperback
387 pages
Jan 2005
Liberty Books

Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie to Parents and Betray Our Children

by Joel Turtel

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Author Joel Turtel thoroughly educates readers about the condition of public schools in this country. This book is hard-hitting and packs a punch. Yet, the author has been careful to research his facts, and includes extensive footnotes and a bibliography.

Educating our nationís children is everyoneís concern. Future leaders are sitting in classrooms today, and itís imperative that they receive a quality education. However, a close inspection of our schools reveals a disturbing and sometimes diabolical condition. From curriculum to corrective measures, the author clearly shows that the nationís education system is not deserving of a passing grade.

This book is divided into two parts, with the first section dealing with the abuses found in todayís classrooms. Each chapter slowly and systematically sorts through the facts and fallacies, until readers get a true sense of the education system. The author backs up his opinions with solid statistics, as well as by personal accounts of parents, teachers, and students.

Although all of this information may alternately discourage or enrage readers, the author uses the last section of the book to give clear and practical options for educating children. Home schooling and Internet schools are explored with the same meticulous research that went into the first half of the book. Web sites and teaching materials are listed and critiqued. If anyone is seriously considering either of these educational options, the material presented here will provide a solid introduction.

The author unequivocally equips readers to understand and evaluate the education system, so they can make wise decisions about their childrenís futures. This reviewer applauds the time and effort it took to bring this book to publication. Most interesting was the idea of education entering a free market system. In fact, the author, who is an education policy analyst, makes several comprehensive suggestions. These pages will certainly open up readersí minds to daring new ideas.

This book gets top grades from this reviewer! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Parents, what if your local public school is a menace to your childís mind, education, and future? What if public schools are hopelessly beyond repair and simply cannot give your children the education they need and deserve? Do you have children who do poorly in school or are bored or frustrated with school? In contrast to what most public-school officials will tell you, in most cases the problem lies with the schools, not with your children. It turns out that millions of children, including yours, have good reasons to hate public school, reasons that you as a parent should not ignore.

In his hard-hitting new book, Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children, Joel Turtel argues that public schools have become so dangerous and such a waste of time for Americaís children, that parents should vote with their feet and look elsewhere to educate their kids.