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Book by Schein Bernie
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Bernie Schein is a fire-carrier and a bliss-follower. He has altered almost every life he has touched with his light. --Anne Rivers Siddon, author of Off Season
This book is compelling, not just because Bernie knows these kids so well, but because he is so good at putting into words what they think and feel and say. --Frank Pittman, author of Grow Up!
Impressive He listens. -- Newsweek
I can't tell you how long it's been since I've read a book on a subject as boring as education and laughed as hard as I have reading this one. Author Bernie Schein has many decades of experience in the classroom, and doesn't mind sharing a few opinions on the modern testing culture, nonsensical political agendas, and interpretation of contemporary lit. He is blunt, profane, brilliant and loving; a strange mixture of Lenny Bruce and Albert Schweitzer. Above all, he is a teacher in the old-fashion sense of the word (and to my mind, a modern American hero.) He is absolutely dedicated to awakening his student's reasoning abilities and instilling in them the joys (and pitfalls) of living in community, and having the courage to actually feel. Recommended reading for parents, grandparents and teachers of any stripe, particularly college of education students who have never been in charge of a class room. For them, it is mandatory reading and really, just hugely entertaining. --Janis Owens, author of My Brother Michael
If Holden Caulfield Were In My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity and Intelligence in Middle School Students by Bernie Schein is one of the most astonishing books on teaching that I have seen in my 50 years of reading education books. This absolutely remarkable teacher of middle school students brings out the real feelings and emotions of students to create authentic people and in the process a classroom of vitality and greater learning. This book will take you inside the lives of adolescents, their fears, hopes, jealousies, dreams and inner selves. He also uses class meeting, trials and the core curriculum as a progressive educator. Every teacher at every level would gain from this engaging, readable book. --Wayne Jennings, chairman of the board of International Association for Learning Alternatives
Bernie Schein has spent days, months, and school years of his life among American middle schoolers in a major Southern city. A little-understood and vaguely feared tribe, these hip, smart, middle-class suburban children have allowed their English teacher access to the secrets of their lives. He, in turn, has accepted their confidences with humanity, with humor, and with compassion. He now shares his glimpse into this remarkable world with a uniquely compelling book: a handy guide for interested on-lookers, an eye-opener for parents. Plus it s a terrific read. --Melissa Fay Greene, author of There Is No Me Without You"
Bernie Schein delivers a powerful message of hope for the youth and families of America. --Mark Rosenberg, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General"
Bernie Schein is a genius the best teacher I have ever seen. --Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Water Is Wide"
This is the creative process, the stuff of art Has exuberantly blazed new trails in education. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
Impressive He listens. -- Newsweek"
Contrary to traditional educational thought, true emotion, rather than pure reason, is the secret to creativity and intelligence. The truth is ultimately personal-that's why it's universal. By the time Bernie Shein's students arrive in his middle-school classroom, they are little more than a gaggle of defense mechanisms, needing to rediscover who they are. His goal is to help them with this joyous and difficult endeavor. Through stories from his classroom, he shows us how he does it.
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