James J. Dillon

In an effort to provide parents and other stakeholders an understanding of the reality of the classroom, this book takes readers on a tour of a day in the life of a public elementary school. The tour identifies ten concerning aspects of today’s schools and discusses solutions. Dillon underlines the necessity for future schools to be exciting environments with a high purpose and small enough classrooms to waste as little time as possible. They should be overseen by rotating teacher administrators rather than career managers, free from oppressive bureaucracy levels. The book argues that rather than forcing a one-size-fits-all, rigorously evaluated college prep curriculum on everyone, schools should be staffed by knowledgeable and involved teaching professionals committed to assisting pupils in living healthy adult living in a democracy. According to Dillon, schools should be institutions with classrooms dedicated to teaching a clear curriculum and restricted ability ranges, all with the full support and buy-in of the kids’ families. Let’s explore the elementary schools of today.