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  • We don't focus as much in schools on educational knowledge which requires thinking and application, as we do on acquiring facts.
    (William Glasser)

  • If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.
    (William Glasser)

  • We can pay teachers a hundred thousand dollars a year, and we'll do nothing to improve our schools as long as we keep the A, B, C, D, F grading system.
    (William Glasser)

  • Told that the passing grade is a B or competence and that we will help you to get there, students do competent work. The lowest passing grade in the real world is competence. Why do schools accept so much less?
    (William Glasser)

  • Without pay, no human being will work up to their ability if he or she is not cared for and respected.
    (William Glasser)


  • If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place.
    (William Glasser)

  • It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.
    (William Glasser)

  • The faster you go, the more students you leave behind. It doesn't matter how much or how fast you teach. The true measure is how much students have learned.
    (William Glasser)

  • There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
    (William Glasser)

  • I think education is both using and improving knowledge and that changes the whole picture.
    (William Glasser)

  • We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.
    (William Glasser)

  • In any place work is done, you cannot accept anything less than competence if you want high quality.
    (William Glasser)

  • We may be up against a stone wall, but we don't have to bloody our heads against it unless we choose to.
    (William Glasser)

  • Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.
    (William Glasser)

  • Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.
    (William Glasser)


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