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Schools Without Failure Paperback – June 25, 1975
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He wrote in the Introduction to this 1969 book, "I believe that most people who write about these [failing] schools have not raised the critical issue... they have not looked deeply enough into the role education itself has played in causing schools to fail... It is the faults and shortcomings of the system itself that I wish to examine, and make suggestions to correct... The main obstacle is our present educational philosophy, a philosophy of noninvolvement, nonrelevance, and limited emphasis on thinking. Education must move toward ... involvement, relevance, and thinking---or we will not solve the overwhelming problems of children who fail in school." (Pg. xiii-xiv)
He states, "As a psychiatrist... I have discovered an important fact: regardless of how many failures a person has had in his past... he will not succeed in general until he can in some way first experience success in one important part of his life. Given the first success to build upon, the negative factors, the ones emphasized by the sociologists, mean little." (Pg. 5) He adds, "this is the keystone of Reality Therapy, when a child makes a value judgment and a commitment to change his behavior, no excuse is acceptable for not following through. This is discipline." (Pg.Read more ›
That book will never be out of date. It made all the difference in the world for about a hundred kids, kids we have followed now for 40 years. Many of these kids (now in there mid fifties) owe their life to Dr. Glassers work. A younger man would start a charger school, however I wrote a book, "Renegade Teacher", instead.
In a 5 year.
Now, 40 years later, these "kids" (now in their mid 50s)are the proof his material works. It was the basis of a program of Child Centered, or (now sometimes referred to Child Directed Learning). There were about 150 kids in the program over the 5 year period. Today, most of them are well functioning contributors to society. They became Part of the solution, instead of part of societies problem.
I am sure there is a charter school somewhere, one based on Dr. Glasser's work. If there is not, were I younger I would start one. However, instead, I wrote a book abpit the 5 years we worked with broken kids, with Dr. Glasser's materials. Then I wrote another book on what became of the kids over the 40 years since they left the program. Renegade Teacher: An Unusual Teacher, A Wily Ol' Superintendent & the Rebel Kids Who Taught Them So Much (Volume 1)
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I am an educator in urban Chicago and this was a well laid out plan on school turn-around. A great read for all educators.Published 14 months ago by Frank Wilson, Jr.
Educators need to read this book especially school administrators.Published 17 months ago by Henry Greenfield
Again - great theories and ideas but not if you are not in a Utopian situation - I am not so it becomes a pick and choose situation.Published on August 1, 2013 by Andy Hunter