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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The Writers' Collective (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594110158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594110153
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,867,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With Turning It Around, author Bill Allin completes a lifelong mission to discover how individual human behaviour collectively results in social problems and to produce a program to severely reduce their severity. The journey took him through careers in journalism, teaching and business. Today he observes people around the world from his home in eastern Ontario, Canada.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Allin taught primary, junior and intermediate classes of all socio-economic categories for 17 years in Canada. As a result of his close work with children, he gained an unusual perspective on the human needs, social skills and coping mechanisms that children employ that many other professionals have overlooked. He has created extraordinary learning labs for both the teacher and the taught, allowing for the study of further insights into the behavioral patterns and problems that children, teens and adults face. He holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
I especially enjoy my internet groups, including the TIA group where I offer a daily quote and comment about how it affects our daily lives. The group's home page is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/turningitaround/
The Turning It Around web site includes a section called News Articles which contain some critically important information about raising children and teaching them, information that is not generally practised within schools.
TIA should be required reading for parents, grandparents and teachers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marveen Craig on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book "spoke to me" in a way that not many others have. It approaches many of the current social issues of inequality, education, the poor, gender, drugs, crime, and a society that has largely rejected truth and morality. In his book, Bill Allin lays the ground work for those who know they need to better their world, but are overwhelmed by the task and don't know where to begin. He makes his points without self-righteousness or preaching and opened my eyes to the fact that people around the world not only share the same general beliefs and value systems that we do, but that they also have the same social problems.

I found Turning It Around to be simple yet profound -- a refreshing breath of fresh air offering unique perspectives. The author does not advocate giving up anything, but rather, shows that learning things in a different order beginning in early childhood, can make a positive difference in our families, our communities and ultimately, in the world of the future.

Allin decries the fact that we don't teach much about what life is, to our young people. Instead, we insist on keeping them innocent as children for as long as possible, then wonder why they can't cope with the stresses of adulthood when they grow up. Turning It Around encourages teaching children what it means to be an adult and how to cope with adult situations before they are in crisis, rather than trying to repair the damage afterwards.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who truly cares about children and is interested in teaching them principles that will last a lifetime. With its revolutionary approach to today's problems, Turning It Around should become must reading for parents, educators, professionals and politicians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.L. Mareydt on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Being well acquainted with the author's expertise and writing style, I highly recommend Bill's visionary new book.

Providing simple direct truths toward living a quality life from the inside first, allows a quality to our outer life that will cause us each to flourish. Looking beyond the status quo of living life by someone else's standards and experiences, each reader can access exactly where they may really want to be in life and where they are right now.

Bill shares the great possibilities beyond the constraining perspectives that are forced upon our life; sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. If you are not taught and directed by someone else, you have to teach and direct yourself. It is not impossible.

Quality in thinking, brings a quality in living. It is that simple. Bill provokes change and provides simple direct ways to change. Starting with solutions anyone can take on personally and become their own expert at achieving. From the home to the governments a social revolution in thinking can take place, that will ultimately benefit the world.

Recommended for the young and older reader audience alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lunera on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am an Argentine reader and having read Bill Allin's book, I warmly recommend it. Well-designed and organized, it surely is an excellent guide to think over the issues that can lead to better teaching for parents and teachers alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria A. B. Oliveira on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
TURNING IT AROUND is excellent. It would have to be read by adult, children,

and educators who would like to make of the world a better place to live.I

am a Brazilian pediatrician that are using the book for consultation.

Alice Oliveira
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