There are times in his book that Crosby rants and gives extreme examples of what happens in some schools, and not always using credible sources (or any at all), but for the most part it seems like he knows his stuff. And although he often dismisses arguments flippantly, he is at least objective enough to cite studies that show both sides of an issue.
It’s difficult to connect with authors who are constantly asserting that they have all the answers, but Crosby opens up the discussion to include ideas other than just raising more money. So what if he might be seen as fanatical to those too entrenched in the system? Even if you don’t agree with the suggested repairs, it’s still refreshing to see someone willing to bring up all the issues. Crosby’s writing style and teaching background make “Smart Kids, Bad Schools” an enjoyable and informative read.