3 out of 4 stars
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Clap If You Can Hear Me by Kelly Mitchell is a social commentary on the shortcomings of the American education system, its correlated problems, and feasible suggestions as well as practical steps on how to fix these issues. The problem starts from the foundational aspect of parenting. It extends to formal education in elementary and high school. Finally, it ends at the level of higher education, where students are ill-equipped, and colleges' structure and content are outdated. However, Kelly Mitchell does not just emphasize the problem. She gives logical and practical solutions, providing online resources to help parents, educators, and students take charge of their lives for a prosperous America.
Kelly Mitchell is forward-thinking in her approach to the problems facing the American education system. Her arguments are backed up with data and real-life examples that speak of her passion for change. Her personal experiences are also part of the examples used to drive home her point. Problems, causes, and solutions are tabled out clearly and concisely such that readers come away with the sense of being enriched and challenged. The knowledge in this book is broad, and I can guarantee that readers will come away with some new information and zeal to contribute their quota to the advancement of formal learning.
Apart from the clear and compelling nature of this book, there are many delightful resources with enabled links that readers can access at just the click of a button. There are links to government and private organizations' websites, websites to access data, and educational resources. There's a reference list at the end of the book, which once again attests to the volume of research the author has done to ensure that she is on the right track. The use of pictures to illustrate points is a testament to the validity of issues raised. I will summarize this book as helpful, insightful, and a delight to read. However, I have to mention that the topics therein are not to be taken lightly. If not dealt with urgently, the issues pointed out might lead to a total collapse of the whole system and not only the education system. Kelly Mitchell has provided the knowledge and resources; the onus is on us to act and do so as quickly as possible if the American dream is to be kept alive.
Apart from the plenty of errors in the book, the formatting was of great concern to me. It would be nice to properly separate chapters, probably with a blank page, and then have some pictures adjusted. However, I suspect that the arrangement is because it is an ebook; there is no title page, table of content, etc.
I will recommend this book to parents, educators, students, politicians, and those with a vested interest in education. Apart from dealing with issues in the education system, this book also provides practical guidance and advice on improving students' and citizens' quality of life. I would have given this book a 4-star rating, but the errors therein take off a point. So I'm rating this book a 3 out of 4. This book is a must-read for anyone involved in the decision-making process of the education system. It might help readers avoid some mistakes as they navigate the world and thus provide an opportunity for prosperity and the creation of generational wealth.
Clap If You Can Hear Me
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