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3.0 out of 5 starsRon Clark is definitely a great salesman. He's got the right voice
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
Ron Clark is definitely a great salesman. He's got the right voice, personality, and story-telling ability. Don't get me wrong, what he is doing for his private school kids...130 students in all...is great. Love that he understands most teacher's frustrations with parents and students expecting to earn an A rather than what is actually earned and to get a cookie just for showing up. Love the goal of keeping the bar raised and helping kids reach their potential by giving them the skills to succeed, and expecting them to work for it. I do that every year, and often do hear that my expectations are too high, but I know my job is to prepare my students for high school, not give them the easy way out as life will not give them a trophy for trying and not doing. My concern is that it doesn't seem his private school, which raises millions each year and isn't beholden to the same rules and regulations a public school is, has an approach that can be taken to larger public schools. It would be great if we could all spend $18,000 a year on each student. Again, I am so happy for the students of his school and think elementary teachers will be much more likely to be able to implement most of the strategies in the book since they, like Ron Clark, have far fewer kids to manage.
5.0 out of 5 starsParents, teachers, and everyone should read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2017
I saw Ron Clark speak at our county recently. However, it was when a co-teacher came in so excited about this book that I ordered it immediately. I read this in two evenings. I didn't want to put it down. I've been a teacher for 20 years and so many things resonated with me. I was so excited that before I finished I ordered his other books. I am rejuvenated and excited to make immediate changes. I didn't delay!
This is an inspiring book. It helps educators to wake up and see that passion is needed in the classroom. What I really appreciated was his honesty. He is not afraid to tell the issues they face at the academy and certainly he doesn't try to make it all rainbows!. He is honest and passionated. He is himself. To be honest I was surprised to read the difficulties and some failures they had. No sugarcoat here. Ron Clark also admits that he lacks sleep and that he wouldnt have done all these if he had a family. It was a pleasant book to read.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood book with some inspirational stories
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2016
Good book with some inspirational stories. I feel as though a good bit of it is completely unrealistic for everyday educators. I'm never going to rent a limo for my 103 students to take them on a murder-mystery tour to introduce a book. Can I do something fun in my classroom? Yes.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's an excellent and inspiring book
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
I bought a copy of this for my whole staff. While not every idea is transferrable to every school, what IS transferable is the intentionality with which he and his staff decide what is important and then set about to make it happen. It's an excellent and inspiring book. I've visited his school, and I was so impressed by his teachers and kids. It sounds too good to be true, but it's real.
5.0 out of 5 starsA very important book FOR PARENTS.
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2011
In my opinion, this book has life-changing information for parents. I am so thrilled to see so many educators all over the world be inspired by RCA. My hope is that parents all over the world will consider this "required reading" for themselves. Part II of the book is geared specifically toward parents, and it is OUTSTANDING. "Don't be a Helicopter Parent. You can't rescue them forever" speaks to the importance of letting children learn to deal with disappointment, and how to handle the situation. Mr. Clark illustrates these points with a truly amazing story. (Ron, you definitely deserved a Krispy Kreme in front of American Idol after THAT experience. Your patience is really commendable.) The chapter entitled "Remind children of their blessings and stress the value of a strong work ethic" really stood out to me as well. There are so many wonderful, American affluent communities (like the one we live in) and the parents are hard working and well-meaning, but it is so easy to fall into bad habits that can create children with "entitlement issues." As a mother of a 10-year-old boy, the chapter, "Don't get your kids a video game system unless you are prepared to be a prison guard," really hit close to home. We have a game system, and it is a challenge to control his use of it. I gleaned several great ideas from this chapter. But this is not just "garden variety parenting advice." Mr. Clark explains how these basic childrearing concepts are critical for a student's success in school, and beyond. Mr. Clark is right on - we DO need a full blown education "revolution" in our country. And it will not work unless parents PARTNER with the teachers and the schools. Mr. Clark has done of fine job of providing very specific suggestions on how to implement positive changes in our children's school experience. He does this with compelling real-life stories and shares his personal experiences with kids and their families. He has laid out an excellent "revolution strategy." I hope we all embrace it.
so many good ideas on different types of teaching children. i learned so much from this book. i recommend listening to it on audible as well. the author reads is and his enthusiasm and excitement is so inspiring. i recomeend this book to every one out there, wether you are a teacher, parent or neither of those, you will learn something. for example he teaches the importance of a firm handshake and eye contact. i love it! things that are being missed today.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's by Ron Clark. What else is there to say?
Reviewed in Italy on July 24, 2014
If you know this man, you already know this is a must-read. With these 101 great ideas on how to be a great teacher and/or run a great school, you get to know about Ron Clark and his Academy, you start to feel the energy, you come to realize what it takes to be A-1. And even if you're never going to be like Ron Clark, his crazy brilliant ideas will help you change for the better. I just love this man! He is such an inspiration!