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Getting our kids back on track : educating children for the future
Bempechat, Janine, 1956-
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First edition.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2000]

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xx, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Challenging our assumptions -- Talking to your children about school -- Supporting achievement at home -- Dealing with homework -- Working with the teacher's values -- Balancing extra-curricular interests with academic obligations -- Confronting negative peer pressure -- What you say and do really matters -- Appendix: Helpful questions to ask yourself and your children's teachers -- Notes -- Recommended reading -- The author -- Index.
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LC225.3 .B45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Getting Our Kids Back on Track is a no-nonsense guide for achieving academic success written by an acclaimed expert in the study of motivation and achievement in children. In this indispensable resource, author Janine Bempechat claims that the so-called self-esteem movement has actually worked to undermine academic excellence in our nation's schools. As an alternative, she offers parents clear-cut advice and details step by step how to create a structured, predictable, and consistent home environment that will inspire children to reach their full intellectual potential.

Author Notes

JANINE BEMPECHAT is assistant professor of education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The author of Against the Odds, Bempechat lectures and conducts workshops on the topic of motivation and achievement in children and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio.

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Booklist Review

Three new books offer insight and suggestions on bridging the parent-child generation gap on both age-old and brand-new problems. Bempechat, an educational researcher, examines diverging attitudes about schools: to wit, a backlash against competitiveness and pressure at the same time that there is growing concern about underachievement, particularly in math and science. She looks at the troubling trend among young people to view academic achievement as uncool, and she aims to help parents examine what influences their children's development and how social and cultural forces affect their attitudes about education. She provides suggestions on how parents can support education and blend schoolwork and homework with other aspects of children's lives. "The Talk" used to refer to sex education at home. Cappello expands the number of talks to 10 and focuses on violence, which is much more in the headlines in connection with teens and schools today. The chapters focus on different aspects of violence and how children can avoid it. Cappello aims to help children to clarify their values and parents to begin much-needed dialogue. The text is, at times, heavily scriptlike, but it includes good suggestions on how to broach this vital subject. Panzarine, a nurse specializing in adolescent health, provides a frank look at the emotional and physical changes adolescents go through and how parents may help 11-to 14-year-old children grow and mature. In question-and-answer format, she examines the increased dangers to today's young teens from the Internet, more sexually explicit entertainment, increased stress and pressure on young people, and normal tensions between parents and adolescents. --Vanessa Bush

Table of Contents

Challenging Our Assumptions
Talking to Your Children About School
Supporting Achievement at Home
Dealing with Homework
Working with The Teacher's Values
Balancing Extra-Curricular Interests with Academic Obligations
Confronting Negative Peer Pressure
What You Say and Do Really Matters
The Author