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Product Details

  • Series: Colophon Books
  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial Library Harper & Row; Revised ed. edition (June 25, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060904216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060904210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book only a few years after it was published while I was in college. I almost couldn't believe how logical and straight forward this basic idea was, and how few of its practices our national school system follows. Dr. William Glasser wrote a classic that will never be read or truly understood by most educators in our dumbed down, American education system. When I read the book, I cheered loudly, then realized that it was almost a lost cause. My wife attended several gradeless colleges that used this method of education, but when she tried to get a job, every major employer would not accept the type of student reports those schools had issued to her. Each job she applied for required only "grades" with numbers or letters from the familiar 4.o system. She was required to get her reports analyzed by a "legitimate" school system and translated into grades or numbers and only one university in the entire state offered to do so. My wife is a brilliant woman whose education shows through very clearly. Her non-traditional colleges were obviously educating students rather than attempting to place everything into a convenient category or number system. None of those wonderful gradeless colleges are operating anymore. I strongly wish that this book would become required reading for all educators in this country.
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I ran a program for rebels, renegades and trouble makers in a blended 4th through 6 graders for 5 years. These were failing kids, many with dyslexia and ADD traits. Dr. Glassers Class Meeting was the mainstay of the program. It was a daily exercise that we built the program around.
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That book will never be out of date.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.

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William Glasser (born 1925) is an American psychiatrist, who is the developer of reality therapy [Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry] and choice theory [Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom].

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.
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We would be well served by starting over and building a new set educational theory and practice on Dr. Galsser's works. For 5 years I taught an experimental program for rebels, renegades and trouble makers, who were a mix of dyslexics and kids with ADD, plus a few bright but bored, thrown in. We used The Glasser Class Meeting as the basis of this program for 4th through 6th graders, kids who were failing. These were the kids other teachers had given up on.
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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'm doing research for my team concept for the The Super School project submission due tomorrow. I was skeptical about reading a book from 1969 but I thought it may be wise to old books on education. Some things don't change with time, kids will be kids, how to deal with bad behavior, etc. The other books I have read that is relevant to young adolescents and education reform are: Quiet by Susan Cain, Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson, Making Spaces, Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Love and Survival by Dean Ornish, Power versus force by David R Hawkins; which all great books. But this book has so many relevant, logical practices for education reform. It makes me think I should be exploring older books more than new ones. School Without Failure is now on my list of the most important books I've read, I think it should be more widely known. It is another example I have found that demonstrates that even though an item on Amazon does not have a really high number of reviews, it is amazing ! I'm sure one reason is the publishing date, which is before the internet and Amazon became so popular; and lack of branding/marketing.
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