Well, time to join the 21st century and add a blog to all we are doing with our whistleblower book: Lifting the Curtain: the disgrace we call urban high school education. What an amazing few weeks it has been!
We got our baby steps Facebook page, and somehow, just by word of mouth, we have several hundred followers.
Our dedicated website for the book has been up for a few months at: LiftingTheCurtain.com.
Sales on Amazon have been a hoot to watch — spurts and gaps of sales leading to a poor man’s video game of watching the book’s ranking shoot to #1,900,000 on a slow week, and dive down to #24,000 when the word somehow spreads to a new school.
And the mighty book warrior, Robyn Chausse, has lined up an exciting series of events for the next few weeks in addition to people volunteering to do addition events via SignUpGenius.
And for me, the joy of seeing a teacher’s view of the real problems with education surface, the ones inept DoE career bureaucrats, and cronyistic school administrators are so good at hiding behind the curtain of the school entryway. I have no clue how the hundreds of readers, so far, even found out about this book, let alone bought that many. Word-of-mouth is an amazing thing. And after three years of research, 760 surveys of students and teachers, and hundreds of interviews, it is a joy to see their views from inside actual classrooms start to rise above the noise outside. I was continually stunned at how insightful were the students! Like so many teachers, we know the only way for us to really fix the disgrace we call urban high school education is to let parents and legislators see it is a systematic failure, and far more than lust some bad teachers and budget shortfalls.
Blog #1! Now we will see what comes of all this. 🙂