My goal is to better understand the crisis in American education and to uncover realistic solutions. Our present system is plagued by retention, dropout, and low achievement test scores. For many poor children there is a direct link between school failure and the prison system. And children who have the ability and motivation for college work are not given the preparation they need. The Elephant in the Classroom explores several American myths with the goal of turning dropouts into "drop-ins."
Mack Hicks, Ph.D., has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. A founding member of the American Board of Neuropsychology, he founded the first school in England for children with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and presently operates fourteen schools for children with learning difficulties. He took his Ph.D. at the University of Florida and interned at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He is author of The Digital Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-Face Contact in the Electronic Age (13:978-0-88282-315-7).