Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Quality School

When I saw a related clip of the "The 7 Habits of Truly Miserable People", I had to clip another of Dr. Glasser's books, The Quality School . One of my favorite books. Dr. Glasser tells a great story where he teaches practical, yet effective ways to treat yourself and others with respect.
His ideas about education and schools have developed a group of schools that follow his philosophies. It's good for learning and for emotional health of children, students, and the entire education community.

Shows that traditional coercive management in schools is the root of today's educational problems.

This should be required reading by every school administrator, every teacher, every board member and all university faculty involved in the training of teachers.


William Glasser, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist who lectures widely. An author of many books, including Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, The Quality School, and Getting Together and Staying Together, he is the president of the William Glasser Institute in Los Angeles.

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Anonymous said...

I am currently reading The Quality School and preparing a lesson to present to my class at Drake University sharing Dr. Glasser's ideas and how they could possibly incorporate them into their classrooms and schools. It will be an interesting challenge.

samccoy said...

I hope you enjoy reading The Quality School. It seems to me that Dr. Glasser's practical ideas focusing on choice to promote ownership and personal responsibility for your own education are not very clearly taught these days.

These ideas don't really fit well with an educational system that seems to want to take all choice out of the equation.

There are subtle, yet powerful forces at work when children, in fact all people, take ownership for their education. That ownership can take several faces. It could be as simple as asking students to design and redecorate an area in your classroom.

Today, the idea of choice and free will being encouraged for the betterment of students, teachers and the community is not prevalent, BUT those who ARE taught/raised up in this way can be quite confident in their ability to learn or do just about anything they CHOOSE.

Good Luck on your lesson development, and remember it is OK to adapt one of the example lessons found in Dr. Glasser's books.