New York Times bestselling author and educator Ron Clark challenges parents, teachers, and communities everywhere embrace a difference in the classroom and uplift, educate, and empower our children.
Read this book to find out why so many across the country have embraced these powerful rules.
· Set the electric tone on day one
· Teach your children how to study—don’t expect it to come naturally
· Don’t constantly stress about test scores
· Not every child deserves a cookie
· Lift up your teachers. No, really, lift them up!
· If kids like you all the time, you’re doing something wrong
· Don’t be a penny parent
Be different. Be bold. Join in.
Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, award-winning teacher and author (The Essential 55), interweaves the history of his school with advice for teachers and parents; the text is rife with heart-warming anecdotes and inspiring ideas. The author explains how he used funds from his first book to turn an abandoned factory into a school for fifth through eighth graders that hosts 3,000 teachers annually for training programs.. Rewards are given only to the deserving (to wit, "Not every child deserves a cookie" is the opening core principle). Kids must "earn" their school jackets, and not every child receives his or hers at the same time. Some, Clark admits, may say the practice is "cruel" or damaging to self-esteem, but he offers proven results, with test scores rising and children who love learning. "The End of Molasses Classes," the author explains, is a call to make education fun, interesting, and anything but "slow." Clark installs a slide in the lobby, jumps up on desks while teaching, encourages kids to sing and chant in class as they learn their lessons, and urges teachers to take a personal interest in each student. Clark's ode to his academy is overloaded with glowing testimonials, but educators and parents will find much to emulate in this passionate, motivating tool book.
I have tears streaming down my face, and I've only just read the introduction!
This book is very inspiring. It's a book that would refresh every teacher struggling or even looking for another breath of fresh air. Great book Ron Clark!
A must-read for anyone passionate about education
This book blew me away! I've been a fan of Ron Clark for years, so I knew this boom would not be a disappointment. It has inspired me to keep doing my best with each lesson plan and to not let others kill my passion. Yes, there are some suggestions and techniques that I personally cannot implement in my classroom or school, but I can take the vision of a better teaching environment and do something about it! For those teachers who want to accomplish morel their classrooms, read this book. For those parents who want their kids to be excited about learning, read this book and then tell your child's teacher to read it! Spread the word about how to end molasses classes!