I Pledge a Fallegiance: And other Common Nonsense in Today’s Public Schools is the first book to analyze the public schools from the inside out without focusing on cute anecdotes or heartwarming stories. Rather it is a book that explains what really goes on in a public school in simple, straight forward language and in the vernacular common to the students of today. The title is in reference to the Pledge of Allegiance as I often heard it recited in high school homerooms by students who had grown accustomed to the rote reciting of a series of words that they no longer listened to. Much of what goes on in today’s schools parallels this same learning pattern: rote memorization, standardized testing and oppressive bureaucratic oversight that pays little attention to our changing culture, technology and children of the 21st century.

I pledge!

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