The Longest Pandemic focuses on the current state of American elementary education. The information in American Elementary Education: The Longest Pandemic is supported by effective school research. It provides strategies to help parents, teachers, and school board members understand the current deficiencies in elementary education and help them evaluate their own schools. The book presents historical information, noting the beginning of the slide to mediocrity, especially in elementary school reading and language arts programming. The information provided in The Longest Pandemic will help deal with poor instruction and other issues such as teacher unions and critical race theory. The author of this book, a former teacher, principal, and superintendent uses his own experience to illustrate the politics that influence the quality of elementary instruction. The Longest Pandemic provides readers with a concrete tool to deal with the problems in many American elementary schools.
Patrick Dallabetta was a teacher, principal, and superintendent for 37 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1970 and Doctor in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University in 1980. During his career he was elected as President of the Superintendent’s Division of Arizona School Administrators and won many awards for his public school programs. As an administrator he supervised programs in curriculum, instruction, and special education. He was also an adjunct professor, teaching many different post-graduate courses in educational research, foundations, and school administration for Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dallabetta was responsible for many state and national presentations dealing with a variety of educational issues. In 1984 he represented the western school superintendents at a Reading Reform Meeting in Washington, D.C. and used his experiences to help develop an elementary school program that won state and national acclaim for outstanding student performance.