Title Rethinking School
Subtitle How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education
Author Susan Wise Bauer
ISBN 9780393356847
List price USD 16.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 288
Book size 140 x 210 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Should be on the nightstand of every parent, every teacher, and anyone invested in the education of our children.… Bauer’s down-to-earth approach and talent for describing complex ideas in simple, easy-to-understand terms makes for a comforting and accessible read.… This book offers hope to many who are desperately searching for it and empowers parents to finally take charge of their children’s education.”

Epoch Times


“A welcome operator’s manual for parents of school-age children, inside or outside the K–12 paradigm.” — Kirkus Reviews


“Bauer makes a passionate case for why the K–12 system desperately needs to be rethought.… Comforting and instructive.”

Publishers Weekly


“A detailed look at how modern schooling can be a mismatch for students’ needs.… Very straightforward and informative.”

Library Journal

“If you read only one book on educating children, this should be the book.… With a warm, informative voice, Bauer gives you the knowledge that will help you flex the educational model to meet the needs of your child.”

San Francisco Book Review


Our K–12 school system isn’t a good fit for all—or even most—students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps “disability” labels on differences in learning style. Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged.

This informed, compassionate, and practical guidebook will show you how to take control of your child’s K–12 experience and negotiate the school system in a way that nurtures your child’s mind, emotions, and spirit.

  • Understand why we have twelve grades, and why we match them to ages.
  • Evaluate your child’s maturity, and determine how to use that knowledge to your advantage.
  • Find out what subject areas we study in school, why they exist—and how to tinker with them.
  • Discover what learning disabilities and intellectual giftedness are, how they can overlap, how to recognize them, and how those labels can help (or hinder) you.
  • Work effectively with your child’s teachers, tutors, and coaches.
  • Learn to teach important subjects yourself.
  • Challenge accepted ideas about homework and standardized testing.
  • Help your child develop a vision for the future.
  • Reclaim your families’ priorities (including time for eating together, playing, imagining, traveling, and, yes, sleeping!).
  • Plan for college—or apprenticeships.
  • Consider out-of-the-box alternatives.


About This Book

PART I. The System

Chapter 1: The Way We Do School

Chapter 2: The Three Biggest Myths About School


PART II Mismatches

Chapter 3: You Can’t Make the Earth Go Around the Sun Faster • Why Age = Grade (It’s Prussia’s Fault) • Three Questions for Evaluating Maturity • Action Plan

Chapter 4: Differences, Disabilities, and Disorders • The Three Labels • Action Plan

Chapter 5: The Perils of the Gifted and the Good • What Is Giftedness? Four Challenges of Giftedness • Action Plan

Chapter 6: The Toxic Classroom • Uncovering the Problem Action Plan


PART III. Taking Control

Chapter 7: Basic Principles (Or, How Not to Be “That” Parent) • Laying the Foundation • The Way Forward

Chapter 8: Control the Tests • What the Tests Measure • The Right to Refuse Types of Tests: What They Are and How to Use Them • The Way Forward

Chapter 9: Challenge the Homework Monster • When Homework Doesn’t Work • The Way Forward

Chapter 10: Accelerate (But Don’t Necessarily Skip) Single-Subject Acceleration • The Way Forward

Chapter 11: Shift the. Method • Sample Projects Designed for Multiple Intelligences • The Way Forward

Chapter 12: Teach, Yourself • The Way Forward


PART iv. Rethinking the System

Chapter 13: The End Result • Thinking Backward • Thought Experiment 1

Chapter 14: The Child’s Vision • The Challenge of Self-Awareness • Challenges for Your Child • Thought Experiment 2

Chapter 15: All the Other Things School Does • The Noneducational Tasks • Questioning the Agent • Thought Experiment 3

Chapter 16: Solving for X • Why Imagine? • Thought Experiment 4


PART V. Opting Out

Chapter 17: Deciding to Homeschool • Homeschooling Styles • How to Investigate

Chapter 18: Getting Started in Five Steps

Chapter 19: Developing Independence • The Stages of Independent Work

Chapter 20: Out-of-the-Box Teaching Strategies • A Caveat • The Strategies • A Final Caution

Chapter 21: Radical Alternatives Different Paths


POSTSCRIPT: About College

APPENDIX A: High School and the Transcript
APPENDIX B: Skills vs. Content
APPENDIX C: A Brief Essential Bibliography

Works Cited


About the Author:

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Education.


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