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If you want to get a raw account of some of the reasons why the school system is failing, consider getting your own personal copy of The Whole Classroom Left Behind: Observations From A Failing Inner City School by James W. Shine. James W. Shine has an unorthodox approach by calling students ‘gorilla’ or ‘lowering functioning students,’ but he gets the message across; that the school system is broken. In every aspect of the school system, as discussed in The Whole Classroom Left Behind, the parents along with the teachers are being held responsible for the outcome of the learning and education of the students. But how the school teaches and the students’ desire to learn must be paramount as well and it's lacking.
In reading The Whole Classroom Left Behind, I'm reminded how differently the inner-city and urban school districts approach educating students vs. being educated in the suburbs. Once all of the surface layers of economic disparities, instabilities and homelessness are wiped away in the inner-city and urban areas, while understanding that these students learn differently, then education can become a success and begin as it does in the educational systems throughout the world.
In The Whole Classroom Left Behind by James W. Shine, you will see that there is hope and it starts with how we view it on a local, state, and national level. James W. Shine offers some important changes in The Whole Classroom Left Behind, where if the schools, teachers, parents, students and the country can make a different paradigm shift, there is an excellent chance to turn a once failing system around and leave no classroom nor child behind.