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Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? (Hardback)
  • Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? (Hardback)

Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? (Hardback)

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Hardback 134 Pages / Published: 08/09/2011
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In Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? Gregory Hickman and Randy Heinrich show how high school dropouts in many ways "drop out" of school long before they reach high school. Using a comprehensive systems approach, Hickman and Heinrich argue that our policy makers, educators, parents, and community members need to scrutinize our education system for moving past fixing short-term symptoms to engaging core, long-term problems for deep, effective change.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781610485753
Number of pages: 134
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 239 x 163 x 15 mm

This is the research. This is the book that needed to be written. The dropout spiral begins in kindergarten. We need to reach out and grab a hold of those kids early! Many children are at risk before they ever walk into first grade. Teachers and parents of children, who may or may not be gifted, who just do not fit into that round hole, really need to read this book! -- Eleanor Peirce, kindergarten teacher, Desert Sun Academy
I found the book to be extraordinarily powerful. In fact I found myself becoming quite emotional at points as I thought about children I've worked with over the last few years. I hope that it will be shared with and absorbed by those who are not yet 'like minded' as I believe it could be a very effective catalyst for change. Overall, a truly well written and thought provoking book that has had an impact on me personally. -- Amy Levinton, special education teacher, Anthem K-8 - Florence Unified School District
This is excellent and thorough research reporting...This is fascinating information and is efficacious. The book, as it stands, is an excellent tool. -- Vanessa Girard, former teacher, counselor, and administrator
I really enjoyed reading your work and I think it's a very timely topic! -- Karalea Cox, higher education county administrator, Apache County, Arizona
Hickman and Heinrich's analyses of past failures in public education and the inability to reduce high school dropout rates are spot-on. Much can be gained from this retrospective study regarding the early differences between students who drop out of high school and their peers who graduate from high school. The problems that lead to a student dropping out of school is more about arriving at high school ill prepared to do high school level work, than what is or is not happening in the high school itself. Hickman and Heinrich, in their excellent study, took the time to elucidate the problem of why kids drop out of school, examine the human ecology of children, and explain how standardized testing undermines education. This is a must-read for parents, teachers, business leaders, community leaders, and political leaders to place real meaning in educational reform. -- Marilyn K. Simon Ph.D, Richard W. Riley College of Education, Walden University
This is a MUST-READ ... for anyone who believes in tomorrow's future! -- Christine Ybarra, principal, Franklin Fire & Police Academy
There was a time, and not that long ago, when the kindergarten classroom was a place for children to play and sing, hop and skip, dance and sing-a world of magic and imagination-mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. Reading and math was second to fun and play. Today, life is different for five-year-olds. Letters, phonemes, blending, counting, and multiple assessments throughout the year to measure their progress toward meeting the standards. Yes, the pressure has siphoned down to kindergarten, and this is a recipe for stress, anxiety and drop out. -- Bert Honigman, principal, Desert Sun Academy
After having worked in alternative education for 20 years, a book has finally been written that is relevant. Shocking, but interesting! The research has been done and brought together with viable options for solutions to this dropout dilemma. This book is pertinent reading for parents, educators, and administrators. -- Justin DeMello, principal, Oasis Sierra Academy
We are so grateful for the time and effort Randy and Greg put into this book. Their research really put our challenges in keeping students in school in perspective. We see ourselves a little clearer. Their work has helped us become better at addressing the walls and obstacles we as school systems put in front of students. Great job! -- Travis Udall, superintendent, Round Valley Schools
Finally a book that takes on the real reasons that students drop out of school...[and] has the potential to reshape our thinking about the 'when' and 'why' students disconnect from school... This book provides examples of problems and solutions that parents, educators, and administrators can easily implement. I found this remarkable book very interesting, but not shocking. As an educator for more than 20 years, I've seen many of these problems start in kindergarten and spiral out of control. I am excited to see a book that challenges all of us to make some changes toward reform. A must-read for everyone, but especially for the political leaders who sincerely want real reform in our schools. -- Kathy Stopka, third grade/special education teacher, Franklin Park School District
Do Children Drop Out of School in Kindergarten? by Gregory Hickman and Randy Heinrich presents a systems-based approach to the long-standing dropout problem. The authors report a longitudinal research study on a population of children in rural Arizona and argue that dropouts begin to differentiate from nondropouts very early in their educational experience, in fact, as early as kindergarten. The focus on early childhood and elementary education is important because it is here, the authors suggest, that interventions are most likely to prove effective. Hickman and Heinrich do an excellent job in detailing the "usual suspects" of the dropout problem (family, behavior, and academic problems) and illustrate with many tables their basic premise that very important differences exist in the developmental pathways of high school graduates and high school dropouts. There is also an interesting discussion of how standardized testing can undermine real education and what the authors refer to as the human ecology of children. In the final and arguably most important chapter of the book, this ecology is discussed in terms of systems-based interventions that may prove effective in addressing the problem. This book is an important read for policy makers and educational leaders and may challenge them to make educational reform. -- Dr. John Kellmayer, author of The Mouse in the Microwave, School Superintendent in New Jersey, and faculty for Nova Southeastern University
For this thick description of a longitudinal study, Hickman (Walden Univ.) and Heinrich (Argosy Univ. Online) examined various data (e.g., grades, achievement tests, and absenteeism) to determine the reasons students drop out of school. The authors' major findings include the following: dropouts and graduates are very different as early as kindergarten, dropouts are absent from school more often than graduates, and dropouts demonstrate lower levels of academic performance than graduates. These findings were well documented in prior research, but more detailed analyses of the results from this study yielded some new information. For example, the authors found that dropouts tended to perform better on standardized tests than they did in classrooms. Furthermore, they found that the gap between the performance of dropouts on standardized measures and classroom performance increased over time....Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *

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