Correcting America’s Shame: The Failure of Public Education
by Dr. Steven Harlem
In this, his second book, Correcting America’s Shame: The Failure of Public Education, Dr. Steven Harlem details the crass indifference to providing equal educational opportunities to the underclasses leading to increased poverty, despair, helplessness, violence, and a plethora of social ills. Drawing upon a rich personal teaching history, he offers significant, innovative, and far-reaching pedagogical reforms that brought him national attention. From addressing infancy through the high school years, strategies and techniques are presented that embrace the unique and the sensitive in all students in an accepting atmosphere that relates to the socioeconomic life of the learner while de-emphasizing adherence to routine. Dr. Harlem concludes by also addressing his concerns for the teacher and teacher education, as well as the training and responsibilities of school administrators; the focus always on obtaining the desired reforms and ultimately on parity in public education.
About the Author:
Dr. Steven Harlem was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended local public schools, where he seemed to express an inborn inclination to question how and what was being taught. Eventually he earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and attained national recognition as an educator. He recently retired after forty-five years of hospital and private practice as a clinical, neuro-, and school psychologist. He continues to lecture in the mental health and geriatric fields and is known as a creative and effective innovator in program development and implementation in schools as well as hospitals. He has an abiding conviction, based on our country’s history and many personal experiences, that the future of our nation resides in providing equal opportunities in public education for students of color and the underprivileged. He embraces a rich, humanitarian understanding of man and man’s problems while believing in the dignity and worth of every human being.