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The public education system is failing our children. Almost two-thirds of our eighth graders aren't proficient in reading or math. And in a single school year, US public schools see almost a million incidents of violence, a number that continues to grow. In Can You Hear Me Now?, Suzanne DeMallie exposes the unsettling reality of our classrooms with a brutally honest account The public education system is failing our children. Almost two-thirds of our eighth graders aren't proficient in reading or math. And in a single school year, US public schools see almost a million incidents of violence, a number that continues to grow. In Can You Hear Me Now?, Suzanne DeMallie exposes the unsettling reality of our classrooms with a brutally honest account of the policies and practices that leave so many children behind. As a parent, DeMallie fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy for the simple, common-sense idea that children in the back of a classroom should be able to hear their teacher. Now, as a teacher herself, DeMallie is speaking loud and clear, fighting public-school dysfunction on the inside. Can You Hear Me Now? walks parents and teachers through everything they need to know to make a difference in their local district and beyond, from the most basic questions they should be asking to the most effective steps they can take to make their voices heard. Join the conversation!


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The public education system is failing our children. Almost two-thirds of our eighth graders aren't proficient in reading or math. And in a single school year, US public schools see almost a million incidents of violence, a number that continues to grow. In Can You Hear Me Now?, Suzanne DeMallie exposes the unsettling reality of our classrooms with a brutally honest account The public education system is failing our children. Almost two-thirds of our eighth graders aren't proficient in reading or math. And in a single school year, US public schools see almost a million incidents of violence, a number that continues to grow. In Can You Hear Me Now?, Suzanne DeMallie exposes the unsettling reality of our classrooms with a brutally honest account of the policies and practices that leave so many children behind. As a parent, DeMallie fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy for the simple, common-sense idea that children in the back of a classroom should be able to hear their teacher. Now, as a teacher herself, DeMallie is speaking loud and clear, fighting public-school dysfunction on the inside. Can You Hear Me Now? walks parents and teachers through everything they need to know to make a difference in their local district and beyond, from the most basic questions they should be asking to the most effective steps they can take to make their voices heard. Join the conversation!

38 review for Can You Hear Me Now?: Join the Conversation to Make Public Education a Better Choice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book is a fascinating deep-dive into the state of our public education and highlights some of the questions we should all be asking. The author has started a conversation here in which we all need to take part. I found many aspects of the book extremely engaging, especially the author's interactions with her young students. She has seen the issues first hand, and has some interesting ideas on how we can improve education for all students. The book also details the author's advocacy measures This book is a fascinating deep-dive into the state of our public education and highlights some of the questions we should all be asking. The author has started a conversation here in which we all need to take part. I found many aspects of the book extremely engaging, especially the author's interactions with her young students. She has seen the issues first hand, and has some interesting ideas on how we can improve education for all students. The book also details the author's advocacy measures to introduce enhanced classroom hearing measures in schools. I feel that the steps of her advocacy journey, which started as a concerned mom for her young son in his classroom and eventually led to the US Capitol building, can be applied to almost any goal. She has given us a road map-follow it and see where it leads!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ron Frampton

    How to make public education system work for our children.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bigham

    Thoughts about how to improve education and advocate for reform - from a teacher and mom. Helpful info about sound enhancement technology as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Raymond fleischmann

    I loved this honest, brital depiction of how broken the public school system is. I especially enjoyed the clips of stoies about Mrs. DeMallie’s students. It sounds like she was an amazing teacher.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Wesolowski

    Loved this book! It was very insightful to hear a former teachers perspective on teaching within the public school system.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I am very grateful to Houndstooth Press and Suzanne Rupp DeMallie for offering me a free copy of the digital version of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was also pleased to host Suzanne on my podcast, Neurodiverging, in April of 2021, where we talked more about this book, her experience as a parent advocate, and what advice she has for supporting a child with an auditory processing deficit at school and at home. You can learn more about that show here: https://neurodiverging.com/audi I am very grateful to Houndstooth Press and Suzanne Rupp DeMallie for offering me a free copy of the digital version of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was also pleased to host Suzanne on my podcast, Neurodiverging, in April of 2021, where we talked more about this book, her experience as a parent advocate, and what advice she has for supporting a child with an auditory processing deficit at school and at home. You can learn more about that show here: https://neurodiverging.com/auditory-processing-disorder-at-school-with-suzanne-demallie/ As a parent to a child with auditory processing disorder, Suzanne fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy to get teacher microphones into classrooms throughout the United States - and oh my gosh, was it a *battle.* The shear number of walls this woman had to climb to get her son's school to adopt a relatively simple and very low-cost intervention is both inspiring and disheartening to read about, but the amount of progress she made and the number of lives she's improved through her advocacy is just stunning. As a parent of a kiddo with autism and another with ADHD, I'm familiar with the difficulties parents face when trying to get support for kids at school. But this book really helped me understand that the difficulties aren't just there for parents, but for teachers, principals, school boards, and on up the ladder. Suzanne does a great job explaining a complicated system in a way we can understand, and gives advice for navigating and for pushing for change to make schools more accessible for all of our kids. It's just a great book, and I think it's not getting enough notice at all. I'm so grateful Suzanne reached out to me and allowed me the chance to read it, and I encourage anyone reading this who has a child with an IEP to go out and pick this up at the first opportunity!

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