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Getting Our Kids Back on Track: Educating Children for the Future

Getting Our Kids Back on Track: Educating Children for the Future

Janine Bempechat

ISBN: 978-0-787-94991-4

Mar 2000

224 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Getting Our Kids Back on Track is a no-nonsense guide for achieving academic success written by an acclaimed expert in the study of motivation and achievement in children. In this indispensable resource, author Janine Bempechat claims that the so-called self-esteem movement has actually worked to undermine academic excellence in our nation's schools. As an alternative, she offers parents clear-cut advice and details step by step how to create a structured, predictable, and consistent home environment that will inspire children to reach their full intellectual potential.

Challenging Our Assumptions.

Talking to Your Children About School.

Supporting Achievement at Home.

Dealing with Homework.

Working with The Teacher's Values.

Balancing Extra-Curricular Interests with Academic Obligations.

Confronting Negative Peer Pressure.

What You Say and Do Really Matters.


The Author.

"Practical solutions that will boost kids' competence and help parents know they can make a difference." (Michele Borba, author, Parents Do Make a Difference)

"Building on her research and personal experiences, Bempechat makes a passionate, provocative, and powerful plea to parents to focus on the academic achievement of their children." (Jerome T. Murphy, Harold Howe II Professor of Education and dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

"Hands-on, practical suggestions for helping children find balance in their lives. She helps parents learn how to forge effective partnerships with schools so that all our children may grow into healthy, well-educated, confident adults." (Jeffrey Young, superintendent of schools, Newton, Massachusetts)

"This book is for all elementary principals and the parents of the children they serve. Bempechat suggests practical ways in which parents can become effective partners and advocates in their children's education." (Mark Springer, principal, Mason-Rice Elementary School, Newton, Massachusetts)