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4.00294985250738 out of 54.00294985250738 out of 54.00294985250738 out of 54.00294985250738 out of 54.00294985250738 out of 5 4.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Clark Narrator: Ron Clark Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A new book from bestselling author, award-winning educator, and founder of the Ron Clark Academy provides 101 revolutionary and powerful ways for parents, teachers, and communities to uplift, educate, and raise the children of America.

Ron Clark’s breakout bestseller, The Essential 55, lit a fire under parents and teachers everywhere to raise their standards and expect the best from our children. Using the proceeds, Ron established the nonprofit Ron Clark Academy (RCA), a revolutionary model school located in Atlanta whose mission is to have a profound impact on the lives and futures of all students who enter. Each year some 3,000 teachers from around the world visit the school to see how thinking outside the box can help create winning results.

Now, Ron shares the wisdom he has painstakingly learned from building a school from the ground up. There are many groundbreaking and invaluable lessons here for teachers on how to promote success and get the most from each and every lesson, but this is also for parents and the community, as we all have a share in the responsibility of raising inspired and creative kids.

The RCA way demands that we change how we teach our kids. This includes:

– Only reward excellence. Parents and teachers should have high expectations for their kids and not give a cookie for average work.

– Education is a shared responsibility. Parents need to be as involved in their kid’s education as teachers.

– Teach to the brightest in the room, but uplift the students who have the furthest to go.

– Only the best teachers should be hired and retained. This means increasing pay but also changing the tenure system.

It is time to “Get on the Desk” and make every school in America an excellent school that values every student.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rife with heart-warming anecdotes and inspiring ideas…Educators and parents will find much to emulate in this passionate, motivating tool book.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The End of Molasses Classes reminds me of exactly why I chose to be an educator. Ron Clark is an inspiring, passionate teacher who truly believes that every kid can make it—and in his classroom, they do!” 

    Erin Gruwell, teacher and founder of the Freedom Writers

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mindy Higgins | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book after visiting the magnificent Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Ron's writing accurately reflects his school, his staff, his students, and his parents. If you ever have the opportunity to visit RCA, you will be reenergized and motivated to end those molasses classes. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/15/2014

    " Awesome book about Ron Clark's journey from teacher to author/teacher to head of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. He gives us 101 reasons why kids need structure, stability, truth, consequences, consistency and challenge in their academic lives. Even as a homeschooling mom, he gave me motivation to step up my game and go farther with our studies than the perfunctory. He's a dynamo of motion and ideas and should be required reading for all teachers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe | 2/11/2014

    " I generally don't enjoy books written by people who feel the need to plaster their face all over the book. Ron Clark loves putting his face on everything (front cover, back cover, countless photos, etc.). While I think Mr. Clark is probably a great educator and doing wonderful things for the students at RCA in Harlem, I find his books a bit frustrating. This book contains "101 extraordinary solutions" to get "our kids unstuck" from boring, problematic classrooms/educators/parents. My primary beef with this (and his previous "55 essentials") is that these numbered solutions are often very vague and obvious. Teachers (like myself) who desperately strive to continually improve don't need this guy to state the obvious ("push yourself to be innovative", "listen", etc.) or recount tales of extraordinary students in extraordinary situations with super amazing teachers in unique schools. I want concrete details explaining specific steps I can literally take each day to impact my students and enable them to succeed. This is a quick feel good read, but won't really help me when I get into my classroom. I wish he would spend more time really examining his school and teachers to locate/understand what they are doing and how those skills can be replicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Scovill | 1/27/2014

    " Changed my life as a teacher! Visited the school after I read it. Life changing! "

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