I can’t say enough for Mission Possible; I wish I had this book years ago when I was first leaning about charter schools. Success Academy’s philosophy of challenging students and immersing them in reading and writing is exactly what I have come to believe after years of struggling to get my children a good education. The high level of rigor and quick pace keeps children (and teachers) engaged, the exact opposite of what we see in most district schools and in too many charter schools. At Success Academy, principals and teachers want their kids to love school, or they are doing something wrong!
Our country’s school’s statistics are staggering! But this book provides the methods to give our children the education they need to make our country competitive. The most important method is to focus on giving principals and teachers the training and support to provide for the needs our children. Teachers need to learn, practice and prepare to skillfully guide our children through the process. How can a teacher help students understand the deeper meaning of a book she herself doesn’t understand?
Teachers need to guide, without doing the heavy thinking for students. Allowing children to do the ‘thinking work’ is another important ingredient to the Success Academy strategy. Another life lesson that I’ve seen time and time again – anything worth having requires sacrifice, including our education. If we take away their chance to work at learning, we are doing children a huge disservice!
Every educator and parent should read this book. There are helpful takeaway summaries at the end of each chapter for principals, teachers, parents and school reformers. I see ways to incorporate these principles into my teaching to my children, and speak up at their schools to improve the instruction there. I give Mission Possible a resounding five slices!
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