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The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck--101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 26, 2011
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Part II of the book is geared specifically toward parents, and it is OUTSTANDING. "Don't be a Helicopter Parent. You can't rescue them forever" speaks to the importance of letting children learn to deal with disappointment, and how to handle the situation. Mr. Clark illustrates these points with a truly amazing story. (Ron, you definitely deserved a Krispy Kreme in front of American Idol after THAT experience. Your patience is really commendable.) The chapter entitled "Remind children of their blessings and stress the value of a strong work ethic" really stood out to me as well. There are so many wonderful, American affluent communities (like the one we live in) and the parents are hard working and well-meaning, but it is so easy to fall into bad habits that can create children with "entitlement issues." As a mother of a 10-year-old boy, the chapter, "Don't get your kids a video game system unless you are prepared to be a prison guard," really hit close to home. We have a game system, and it is a challenge to control his use of it. I gleaned several great ideas from this chapter.
But this is not just "garden variety parenting advice." Mr. Clark explains how these basic childrearing concepts are critical for a student's success in school, and beyond. Mr. Clark is right on - we DO need a full blown education "revolution" in our country. And it will not work unless parents PARTNER with the teachers and the schools. Mr.Read more ›
School reform is a hot topic, but the largest problem, in my mind, is scalability. There are many very good solutions to the problems of education, but very few of them really scale because they are so dependent on either the people or the cultural context where they are working.
Ron Clark is a teacher and administrator that is trying to deal with the problem of scalability. He is the co-founder of a demonstration school in Atlanta. The school was built with the express purpose of teaching other teachers how to better reach students. (It is a middle school because that is the age that Ron Clark believes is most in need of help.) So each classroom has a class of about 30 student and stadium seating for about 80 adults. My wife and Mother-in-Law and many teachers I know have visited the school. I am currently trying to get some of the people that work in the after school program in Chicago to come down and visit.
The End of Molasses Classes is the latest book by Ron Clark about his teaching method. I have read his two previous book and they were directed at teachers and more about how he teachers. This book is broader, for teachers and parents and other people interested in education. It more about the general method of how the Ron Clark Academy works and why it works.
The format is 101 short chapters (some less than a page, very few more than 2 or 3 pages).Read more ›
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Best book for building inspiration and passion to work as hard as possible for any teacher. I love rereading this one often. Read anything by Ron Clark. Read morePublished 4 days ago by sjhteacher32
To read this and not be moved or changed is impossible. Thank God for these educators and their amazing dreams.Published 26 days ago by Kathryn
I had to read this for a class and loved Ron's passion and his kind heart that sees the best in people. The book was great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natasha
I adore Ron Clark and love his big ideas for teachers and parents. Includes end of chapter real-world-you-can-do-this-right-now implementation ideas for those of us that aren't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S.A.M.
I picked up this book from the library about eight months ago while deciding whether to pursue alternative teacher certification. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sparklylights