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Mission Possible Book Review

Thursday, I shared my thoughts about our country’s education system that stood out to me after reading Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia. Today I have my official book review.

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!

Leave a comment on my giveaway post for a chance to win your own copy! Thanks to the author for providing copies of this book.

Linked to Anti-Procrastination Tuesday, What’s in the Gunny Sack & I Made It! Monday.

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Mission Possible Giveaway

Those of you who know me, know that I am passionate about two things – my kids and reading, and half of my reading is focused around my kiddos. We even have a family book club to help me catch up with a fraction of what they are reading. I just finished reading Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia; a book I didn’t read with my children, but for my children.

The story of Eva Moskowitz ‘s journey to founding the Success Academy Charter Schools is a captivating one, but this book is so much more than that. It starts off with a wake up call of how poorly our nation’s education system stacks up to countries around the world. We spend more than most countries with poorer results. It is not a matter of putting more money into the system, it’s a matter of making that system effective.

The way we make our schools successful is by focusing time and resources on our principals and teachers. We all have those teachers that remain dear to our hearts decades after we’ve completed school. Why have they stuck with us all these years? The motivated and encouraged us; they showed us we can accomplish great things. Teachers who consistently teach to the lowest level in the class feel the stagnation, which is one of the greatest source of low teacher morale.

What other profession does that? Do sales people spend 90% of their time with customers who aren’t interested in their product? No, they spend their time where it makes the most difference. Every success gives the salesperson more confidence and that confidence can be the motivation that draws in more customers. I’m not saying teachers should only work with the bright motivated students, but teaching at a higher level pulls the entire class up. The teacher and students gain more confidence with every victory and they want more. This is the motivation for everyone to see how far they can go. For that reason, every educator and parent should read this book.

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I told my daughter yesterday that I wish I could give a copy to each teacher and administrator in her school. (We have lots of ‘if I had a million dollars’ wishes.) I may not be able to do that, but I do have a copy to give away to one of my readers. For your chance to win your own inspiring copy of Mission Possible, leave a comment sharing something you do to ensure your children receive a good education. Contest ends at 8pm Arizona Time, Thursday, August 9. U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced on Friday.

* I would like to thank the authors for providing copies of Mission Possible and compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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