Synopses & Reviews
“Rife with heart-warming anecdotes and inspiring ideas . . . Educators and parents will find much to emulate in this passionate, motivating tool book.”
“Inspirational, easy-to-follow insights on how to grow smarter, healthier children and communities . . . this timely resource can make school a motivational and fun community.”
Practical, innovative, and powerful methods to enliven classrooms and ignite a passion for learning in each and every child. It is time to “GET ON THE DESK” and make every school in America the absolute best it can be.
I often say I am a schoolteacher with the heart of a parent. I’ve made it my mission to make a difference in the lives of all of our children. I have traveled throughout our country, visiting schools in all 50 states, seeking out remarkable teachers who inspire our children to greatness.
Sadly, I have also witnessed classrooms that seemed sapped of all energy, filled with students struggling to stay awake and teachers in desperate need of inspiration. These “Molasses Classes” broke my heart.
I had to do something! I decided to leave my classroom in East Harlem, New York, and devote my time to this audacious dream: to create a revolution in our country, starting from the ground up. The heart of this change would be a school, unlike any in the world. It would be full of passion, creativity, energy, and an unparalleled freedom to do whatever it took to lead every child to success. The parents and teachers of this school would forge a true partnership with the intent of providing the best learning environment possible.
I am proud to say that dream—the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, is now a reality. We welcome educators from all over the world to visit and learn from our methods and techniques so that they may take them back to their schools. I am still teaching, every day, and I feel honored to have hosted more than 10,000 educators in my classroom. This book is filled with the magic, the successes, the heartbreaks, the mistakes, and the triumphs that are the Ron Clark Academy. These are the 101 most successful strategies we have used to help uplift our children and enliven our classrooms. My hope is that you will find ideas here that will help you ignite a passion for learning in your children—and together we can get the molasses out of all our children’s classes.
Be different. Be bold. Join in.
Now in paperback: the New York Times bestseller from award-winning educator and founder of the Ron Clark Academy provides revolutionary ways for parents, teachers, and communities to uplift, educate, and empower the children of America.
A schoolteacher with the heart of a parent, Ron Clark has made it his mission to make a difference in the lives of all of our children. His first book, the million-plus copy bestseller, The Essential 55, offered students and teachers dozens of practical ideas to achieve classroom success, ranging from accountability to practicing good manners to demonstrating industriousness and respect. In The End of Molasses Classes, Clark provides 101 innovative and classroom-tested ways to lead our children to greatness and build schools full of passion, creativity, and energy.
These 101 solutions capture the magic, the success, the heartbreaks, the mistakes, and the triumphs of Clark’s own groundbreaking school, the Ron Clark Academy. These practical, ground-breaking, and powerful methods are specifically geared towards parents who want more for their children; teachers who need strategies for helping every student achieve success; and communities who hope to uplift every child and improve the education of our next generation.
In The End of Molasses Classes Ron Clark challenges us to be different, to be bold, and to join in.
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.
About the Author
Ron Clark is the New York Times bestselling author of The Essential 55, which has sold more than one million copies in twenty-five different languages. He has been named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He founded The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, which more than 25,000 educators from around the world have visited to learn about the extraordinary ways that teachers and parents of RCA have helped children achieve great success. Clark has been featured on the Today show and CNN, and his experiences have been turned into the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.