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The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child Paperback – July 21, 2004
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The winner of the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year Award presents some revolutionary ideas for the classroom: manners, industriousness and accountability. Many of the 55 rules Clark outlines read, at first, like excerpts from a 1950's primer: "If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return," says Rule 6; stand to the right on escalators, insists Rule 43; and rule 29 includes 26 sub-rules about polite eating. Clark may seem like a bit of a fussbudget, but closer examination shows his rules go beyond simple politeness: they promote respect for self and others, and help foster a mature and responsible way of living in the world. As Clark explains each rule, he weaves in anecdotes of student projects, class trips (including one to Washington, D.C., where his students sang Christmas carols with the Clintons) and instances in which the particular rule proved invaluable. Clark, a North Carolina native, writes with a warm, Southern friendliness, and his cogent explanations about why he created his rules and his closing tips on dealing with parents and children offer plenty of ideas and much-needed support. Teachers will have to be determined to succeed before any set of guidelines will have an effect in the classroom, he warns-and indeed, Clark's tireless dedication might be daunting to some. And while the content of his lessons is presented only vaguely, for inspiration, this book is a definite winner; it also makes a strong case that students lack only good teachers to achieve great things. Clark's slim but valuable volume will make a welcome addition to any teacher's library.
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"Mr. Clark gave me the strength to hold on and be somebody. He is the only one who believed in me...He told me not to give up. He told me to try and no other teacher did that."
"As long as you have the ability to learn, he can do anything with you--he can make you a star." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So I understand that this man has quite a following. He has an academy and other books that are meant to be life changing for schools and educators. For me, however, I was rubbed the wrong way. If you have to specifically explain how something is NOT shaming for children, then it probably is. Also, how unrealistic is it to read a book about education where it seems close to 1/2 of the content is about table manners and fancy trips he takes with (generally) a few children at a time?
Thank you Ron for being an example of commitment, dedication, creativity and belief in the inherent potential and goodness that lies within us all.