JAMIE’S LANDMARK BOOK
Part memoir. Part field guide. A message of hope.
“My father died in a spectacular room overlooking
the Florida coast.”
So begins this provocative story of a businessman’s journey through the land of blueberries, bell curves, and smelly eighth graders. Part memoir, part how-to manual, Schools Cannot Do It Alone tells of Jamie Vollmer’s transformation from vocal critic to award-winning defender of America’s public schools.
Based on twenty years of work with school districts across the country, Jamie argues that we have come to a watershed moment in our history. Bashing public education has become a blood sport—a dangerous game in which sensational headlines publicize half-truths, statistics are used out of context, and test results are reported in the worst possible light.
Schools Cannot Do It Alone confronts these threats head-on and presents a step-by-step program to bring educators and the public together to create schools that unfold the full potential of every child. From the first pages of a most personal Introduction, to the final chapter’s message of hope, Vollmer argues with conviction that America’s teachers and administrators are ready and able to meet the challenges of our time, but they cannot do it alone.
$17.95 (Direct discount)
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What Readers Are Saying
For the first time in one place, this attractive, 12”x40” poster answers two perennial questions asked by the public:
“Why don’t these schools just teach the basics?”
Read vertically, this powerful resource chronicles the mind-boggling list of social, psychological, and medical responsibilities that have been shifted from families and communities onto the schoolhouse door. By the bottom of the page it becomes painfully clear that the mandate is no longer, "Teach our children," it's "Raise our kids!"
"Where does all the money go?”
Read horizontally, the poster reveals just how much this ever-mounting list of demands has cost America's taxpayers from 1900 to 2016 in inflation-adjusted dollars.
When “Vollmer’s List” is distributed widely throughout your community, it will increase public understanding of the challenges facing your schools, raise appreciation for your staff, and foster greater public support.
THIS POSTER SHOULD BE ON EVERY
refrigerator door in America!
Sold in packets of 25 for $27.95
Discounts available for orders over 400.
What Readers Are Saying
“It's not a business. It's school!”
This remarkable story of personal transformation, written by Jamie Vollmer, first appeared in Education Week, (March 6, 2002). Since then, it has been reprinted hundreds of times in newspapers, professional journals, periodicals, and text books across North America, and Jamie has become known as "The Blueberry Guy" from coast to coast. The story tells of a smart classroom teacher who, in a crowded auditorium, stood up to a powerful business executive and pushed back against his glib “run schools like a business” proclamations. She fearlessly rebutted his empty, free-market rhetoric with a cold splash of classroom reality.
Share this story widely to uplift your staff and inform your community.
Now packaged as an attractive pamphlet
for wide distribution.
$24.95 per 100