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The critical early years for changing the odds
Changing the odds by funding what works
The seven essentials for changing the odds
Changing the odds by helping to strengthen families
Changing the odds through high-quality early care and education
Changing the odds through community-based programs
Changing the odds through after-school programs
The public will : what it will take to change the odds.
Schools, today, are in the midst of the most major, costly educational reform movement in their history as they grapple with the federal mandates to leave no children behind, says author Susan B. Neuman, former Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education under President George W. Bush. Neuman shows how the rhetoric of leaving no child behind has trumped reality, why low achievement is not a failure of the legislation or of the schools, but is instead rooted in economic inequality and social pathologies too deep to be overcome by schools themselves, unless we turn our attention, time, and money to programs that are indeed making a difference in children's lives nationwide. (source: Nielsen Book Data)