"There are some important ideas here... and a strong argument for awarding teachers good ones the status they deserve. "
"This is a thought-provoking look at public education."
"His argument is provocative and deserves consideration."
"This is the book that every teacher wants to write... Here are sound and well-researched ideas for teacher preparation, ... licensing thresholds, rubrics for evaluation, professional salaries, and career ladders."
“If his plan ever became the law of the land, he would be declared a national hero by his peers, but would be public enemy number one for school boards.”
"Thank you for writing such a wonderful, truthful, and inspiring book... I have heard myself expressing the exact same things you have written in your book to fellow teachers... Keep up the good work and remember that your message will be spread by teachers like me."
“In this fast moving shake ’em up book, public school teacher Brian Crosby manages to enlighten, infuriate, stimulate, irritate and maybe energize readers who want to do the right things for our children but have never given themselves the time to think about how it can be done down at the old school house. He gives committed readers plenty of chores, chances and choices to make a comprehensive difference. If Crosby makes you angry or horrified, he’ll at least make you think and that trait is always a good precedent for action.”
“Brian Crosby knows how vital it is that our kids get well-educated. Lots of people know that. But Crosby tells us what to do about it in a book that is at once cogent, readable, and provocative.”
"Crosby speaks from a world of experience; his 'political incorrectness' may bother some readers, but many will appreciate his honesty and his willingness to think outside the box."
"'Smart Kids, Bad Schools' is a thought-provoking look at what we can do to improve public education."
“I couldn't put it down and it is now thoroughly highlighted with a yellow marker! Your observations about the American school system are dead on. It was nice to read someone who has many of the same views as I do, and a teacher at that!"
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