The Problem Isn't Teachers by Raymond J. Golarz and Marion J. Golarz
Stories and Essays that tell the Truth About the Real Plight of American Education

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If there’s one thing that Americans have in common it’s that the truth we seek is constantly being obscured. We are lied to. The lies come from commercials we watch, from politicians, from those like the tobacco company executives who swore that nicotine is not addictive, from fabrications suggesting that our children’s lack of excelling on international tests somehow define us as second-class people, and from false statements declaring that American teachers are causal to the nation’s educational problems.
Unlike Jack Nicholson’s angry declaration, “You can’t handle the truth,” as he played Colonel Nathan Jessup in the movie A Few Good Men, we think you can handle the truth. Therefore, this book is written. It’s filled with stories and essays that tell the real truth about the plight of American education. Some of the stories will make you laugh, some make you cry. You will become angry, occasionally shocked. Each chapter will reveal deep problems and you will find yourself looking for easy answers. But there are none. What you will find are bold answers that will require the fighting spirit and courage of a nation. You will be challenged to join a “War worth Waging.”
We have not hesitated to identify, in addition to problems and bold solutions, the real villains, for there are villains. As the chapters undress them for you and expose their real identities, you will simultaneously be introduced to unsung heroes who teach in our nation’s classrooms. They are heroes you will declare by book’s end to be the cement that holds the nation together. They have never stopped teaching the skills and civility that the next generation needs to participate in and contribute to the perpetuation of the democracy.
You will come to know, on a personal level, the American schoolteacher.
 

About Raymond J. Golarz and Marion J. Golarz

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Marion J Golarz received a B.S. in English Language Arts Education and an M.S. in Education with a certification in reading from Indiana University at Bloomington. She has taught high school English, and she was a Title I reading teacher for elementary, middle school and high school students. She also taught reading and social studies to special education students. She taught at Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, and Indiana University East as a guest lecturer in composition. While at Purdue University Calumet, she tutored students in the writing lab. Her educational experiences have also included presenting workshops to teachers, parents and administrators regarding research relevant to educational topics. With her husband, Raymond, she co-authored The Power of Participation, an in-depth discussion regarding shared decision-making processes in schools and also co-authored Sweet Land of Liberty, a touching story of early twentieth century immigration to the United States. She and her husband Raymond have six children: Tanya Scherschel, Michael Golarz, Scott Golarz, Jocelyn Golarz, Daniel Golarz and Thomas Golarz. They presently have five grandchildren. She currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband Raymond, their youngest son Thomas, who is completing post graduate studies, their two cats Lucky and Patches and Tom's Boxer pup Conan. Life remains full. Their e-mail address is mjgolarz@live.com Raymond J Golarz holds a B.A.degree in Sociology and a B.S. Degree in Education from St. Joseph's College in Indiana. He received his master's degree and his Doctorate in Education from Indiana University. He taught as a middle school and high school teacher, and then served as the Director of Child Welfare Services where he supervised delinquency prevention and intervention programs and worked with delinquent gangs. He taught psychology at St. Joseph's College, Purdue Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, and City College in Seattle. In addition, near Chicago he also taught Psychology for Law Enforcement for nearly 10 years. He has been an assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. He enjoys keynoting and has keynoted for school districts and major conferences in virtually every state in the United States. In addition, he has keynoted in most Canadian Provinces. He is the co-author of Restructuring Schools for Excellence through Teacher Empowerment. He co-authored with his wife Marion The Power of Participation and Sweet Land of Liberty. In addition, he is the author of Yellow Jacket Football in Hard Times and Good and a companion book When the Yellow Jackets Played. These two books, using the backdrop of rugged American sandlot semi-pro football near Chicago, focus on the strengths of the early immigrants who came to America, and with their children lived the challenges of the Great Depression. All of his life, Ray has enjoyed sketching and oil painting. He now resides with his wife Marion and their two cats in Bloomington, Indiana. He will miss his son Thomas when he completes his second college degree and moves on. And, of course, he and the cats will also miss Tom's pup Conan. Who will there be to sneak in and eat the cats' food when he's gone?
 
Published August 16, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 280 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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