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I could have been a "A" student if the material presented in public school had half of the explanatory and problem solving tips and examples found in the books published and purchased by the private schools. What I found is the books for private school children doesn't cost that much more than those of public school books. In some cases they cost less than the books used in public schools. The material is outlined and summarized in such a way. That if you just read the summary. You have a chance of making a decent grade. I kept and purchased some the books and even found the school threw out the last edition and purchased the updates almost on a yearly basis. This isn't because they can afford it. It is because the material is really updated and selected to give the student a chance of success. For example I'm looking at a history book my son had in the sixth grade. It is Titled: American Odyssey - The United States in the Twentieth Century. Author Gary B. Nash. Published by GLENCOE which is an affiliate of Macmillan / McGraw Hill. McGraw Hill is the same supplier of public school curriculum. Here is where this book published by GLENCOE is different from any class room book I have ever seen. My college books weren't this well structured. There is the author. Two Consultants that reviewed the material. Seven Contributing Consultants. Thirteen Content Reviewers. Twenty-four Educational Reviewers. Now don't take this for granted. This is the point and the reason the material is presented so well. Summarized like it is. And outlined in the fashion I'm referring. These aren't small time consultants and contributors either. The chapters are very well outlined and noted. Unit one starts out with more African American history than I have ever seen in a history book. It starts with some Literature from Alex Haley. The book is outlined with Charts and Diagraphics. In the front it explains how to use and understand the sections. Each section opens with a date line. Main Headings are outlined in red, subheadings are in green. Gives you a section at the bottom of each page that is a study guide that helps you focus your attention on the main point of the section. List Central Concepts. List thinking skills that give you the opportunity to further develop your understanding of the section. All vocabulary terms are in bold. Tons of visuals and photo's that enhance your sense of "being on the scene" ( their quote ) as history happens; maps and graphs interpret the setting and the statistics of history. Loads of captions that help you think about what you see. Questions footnoted to specific passages of the text allow you to check your understanding of the material you have just read.And a section review that gives you the chance to demonstrate your understanding of the section, think about the material in a new and critical way, and relate this period in history to today or to another time. A section that explains the players and opinions of both sides of the issue in history and gives the reader insights into their thinking. And a wrapping up section that have questions, activities, projects, and further resources that help set the story in larger context. So what is point. We have been duped by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. YOUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN DUPED. There was a comment in another post that said " All education should start at home! " " If we are not strong enough parents and friends to educate our own kids and the kids in our community better than the school system and media then that is our own fault. " I agree it is our own fault, but not our doing. Our children need to attend school to be educated. Each school gets so much per student. Enough so that better test books could be used and purchased. Public schools always scream. There isn't enough funding. I believe the funding is adequate. The administration is lacking and management of funds are too loose. A better book costing a few dollars more, and some time to select a better book is better than a bad one. Administrators are always saying. There isn't enough student interest to get the job done. What is true. Is the schools aren't presenting our children with enough of the right material to interest them. Parents could better help students. If books like these are purchased.