Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

by David Kirp

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Overview

While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. In Kids First, policy expert David Kirp issues a visionary call for renewing, revamping, and reenergizing public support for children, and offers inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all children's lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610391030
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

David L. Kirp, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His previous books include Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author ix

Introduction: From Crib to College 1

1 The Littlest Schoolhouse 21

Teaching Parents to Teach Their Kids

2 A Garden of Earthly Delights 59

Delivering Brainy Education to Tots

3 Alltogether Now 105

Creating Academies of Learning and Life

4 The Kindness of Strangers 141

Offering Kids a Helping Hand

5 The Universal Piggy Bank 173

Giving Every Child a Nest Egg

6 The Smart Politics of the Heart 193

Appendix: A Kids-First Budget 213

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 227

Index 257

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Kirkus
“An important, well-researched wake-up call, and any part of it that educators and lawmakers take into account is worthwhile”

Diane Ravitch, Author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
“David Kirp’s book could change the policy debate about how to improve the lives of children. It’s smart, sharp, and clear about what we need to do to lift the kids who need help the most.”

Robert B. Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Chancellor’s Professor Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
“In an era when answers to America’s myriad social problems seem dismally remote, David Kirp comes to the rescue with important ideas for giving our kids better lives. Kirp thinks big, writes beautifully, and compels our attention. His agenda is practical and necessary. And if America’s children had any political clout, they’d demand it.”

Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Yale University
“David Kirp is a leading scholar who in this book provides us with a knowledge-based, cradle-to-college agenda that merits the attention of every parent and policymaker in America.”

Randi Weingarten
"Kids First is an eye-opener, a Lasik-like procedure to cure the tunnel vision that afflicts many of those who fancy themselves education experts. Kirp shines a light on what we need to do outside of schools even as we seek to redesign our schools to prepare students to succeed in today's fast-changing world."

Kirkus, January 15, 2011
“An important, well-researched wake-up call, and any part of it that educators and lawmakers take into account is worthwhile.” 

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