Free E-Books 
from Schools of Conscience and Attitutor Media

The following list of free e-books are made possible by Schools of Conscience and Attitutor Media.

#1: The Attitude Problem in Education, by Don Berg, is a ChangeThis.org manifesto.
More about manifesto #1 below.

#2: Is Educating All Children Possible?, by Don Berg, is a ChangeThis.org manifesto.
More about manifesto #2 below.

More free e-books are coming soon.

Enjoy,

Don Berg


Free E-Books #1- The Attitude Problem in Education

The Attitude Problem in Education free e-book presents a plan for putting attitude before academics in education, here's why:

In education the easy North/ South navigation method is academics, but the crucial East/West longitude method is still missing.

Without it educators fail to provide students with full access to the open oceans of human potential.

In elementary classrooms everywhere we are losing the potential for entrepreneurial, vocational, and artistic genius because of the gaping hole in our education system's ability to deal with attitude.

Mainstream academic classroom schooling is organized to

  • travel the moral path of discrimination,
  • make academics the first priority, and
  • use the “delivery” metaphor

The alternative is re-organizing elementary schools to

  • travel the moral path of fulfillment,
  • make attitude the first priority, and
  • use the “cartography” metaphor

Academics have their place, but attitude must come first in elementary education.

The two keys to elementary education reform are:

  • Facilitating positive peer culture, and
  • Ensuring motivational development

Get The Attitude Problem in Education, by Don Berg, a ChangeThis.org manifesto.

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Free E-Books #2- Is Educating All Children Possible?

The free e-book Is Educating All Children Possible? (Based on the Status Quo, No.) points out how our school system cannot fulfill one of its most central duties to our democracy.

“Linda Darling-Hammond, in the preface to her 1997 book The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools That Work, wrote:

'Rigid and bureaucratic, [our current education system] was never designed to teach all children effectively, to teach learners in all their varieties, to attend to each child’s particular mix of aptitudes and barriers to learning.

Educating all children effectively is the mission of schools today, yet great numbers of children still have no reasonable opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities that will help them thrive in and contribute to today’s society.'

As Linda Darling-Hammond points out in the quote above history has rendered judgments about the outcomes of our school system that do not reflect well on our record of success, assuming that the goal is to educate all our future citizens.

Historically there have been (and remain) large segments of the United States population that have been educationally neglected despite the mandate to attend school.

Since we’ve never succeeded before, is it even reasonable to consider it possible?

I will argue that if we continue to enforce the delivery of instruction in the same way that it has been done for thousands of years, then the answer is no, it is not possible to educate all children.

I will further argue that the answer could be yes, if we take seriously an approach to educating children that is grounded in the current scientific understanding of how the satisfaction of human needs causes effective and efficient learning.”

Get Is Educating All Children Possible?, by Don Berg, a ChangeThis.org manifesto.

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