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May I suggest another? Dear

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May I suggest another? Dear God, Welcome Back to School.
This book focuses on encouraging teachers and other public school employees with their walk with God through public schools. It's easy to read but can be a challenge to live out...worth every moment!

7th -12th gr. English, Art, Drama teacher for Granite Public School, Oklah

My goodness! Reading all the

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My goodness! Reading all the previous comments and correspondence between and among other responders, I feel I am out of my depth here. But I sail on!!!

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I would be interested in what

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I would be interested in what you feel the flaws are? Summerhill and its "offspring" continue to exist and grow in number. Particularly Sudbury Valley Schools, alongside the Jefferson County Open School, have done a nice job of tracking graduates to document their alumni accomplishments. These schools have now crossed the spectrum demographically as well, my own research is in the process of examining a particularly urban Free School, still too early for any definitive conclusions from my research..

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Zep: I haven't read the book

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Zep:

I haven't read the book yet, so will wait and see its approach.
There are two components for me. One is values, and there I like Rogers values and the basic values underlying many of the early free schools. But the other is the actual approaches, the structures, techniques, curriculum and instruction.
There my commitment is to what one great educator called "the art of the eclectic." I think many of those schools were heavily flawed because they had a pure application of single theories that had all sorts of negative side effects.
So Rogers yes, and Perls, and Bruner, and Gardner, and Sternberg, and the latest people doing research in attachment theory, and.... You get the idea.

Summerhill, which didn't come from Rogers of course, was a lovely dream and there's much to learn from it. but it was also terribly flawed and not good for more than a small group of kids who were well matched to the approach.

Mark

Another excellent film is If

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Another excellent film is If You Build It--a documentary about using the design principles and process in a course for high school students in rural North Carolina. https://www.facebook.com/StudioHmovie

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I would be very interested in hearing your perception of the connections between the work of Rogers, person-centered methods, & the Free Schools i.e. Summerhill & Sudbury Valley Schools; please feel free to respond on or off-line. Book sounds like a great addition to the work supporting real differentiation & an understanding that the role of school is more than to mold future workers.

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I would be very interested in hearing your perception of the connections between the work of Rogers, person-centered methods, & the Free Schools i.e. Summerhill & Sudbury Valley Schools; please feel free to respond on or off-line. Book sounds like a great addition to the work supporting real differentiation & an understanding that the role of school is more than to mold future workers.

Hal teaches teachers how to be more effective and person centered

It is a small world, Mark.

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It is a small world, Mark. That's me! And, yes, the world brings us back home. T.S. Elliot was right. I believe with all the violence in the schools and the emphasis on teaching to the tests, that the time is now ripe again for the person-centered classrooms which empirical studies have shown have so many positive outcomes. Time to revisit the work of Rogers, Aspy, Jeff Cornelius-White with his meta-analysis of person centered teaching, and so many of us including you and others who were at U. Mass. This book by Rogers and I which we began before his death and the research by Tausch in Germany which was replicated with "tutonic thoroughness" in the words of Rogers presents the thorough research supporting person centered methods and research which never had the visibility it deserved. Please do a review! What is your mailing address?
Warm wishes from the past,

Hal

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Oh, BTW, if you're the Hal Lyon who was at U. Mass. you were responsible for having Dwight Allen bring me to U. Mass. If so, do you remember me? Could be a small world!

Mark
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Thanks for this recommendation Hal! With it I feel as though I've come full circle back to my work in a doctoral program in Humanistic Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970 and as a faculty member in the Confluent Ed program at UC Santa Barbara! Carl Rogers was one of the inspirations for those programs, as was Fritz Perls.

Over forty years later we're working together to try to infuse this practice, based on psychological wisdom, as an antidote to the testing mania.

Those T.S. Eliot lines come to mind. "To return to the place we started from and know it for the first time." Though perhaps we've known it all along.

I look forward to reading the book!

Mark

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