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Join Chris on this twenty-year tour of his singular writings on children and education. His parable-like stories and probing essays deliver his insights with a clarity and immediacy seldom found in books about teaching and learning. Chris's four decades of experience with kids of every imaginable kind in deeply human settings have earned him a profound understanding of just what it is they need in order to develop to their fullest. While so much of the educational literature today deals with children as though they were disembodied brains, A School Must Have a Heart explores every dimension of learning and development-and doesn't stop until it gets to the heart of the matter.
"When national education 'reform' has come to mean standardization, conformity, and academic rigor mortis, Chris Mercogliano comes along to remind us that real reform is creating schools where children are respected as human beings and where learning consists of living encounters with the amazing world around us. A School Must Have a Heart reminds me of the best of the education classics of the late 1960's: John Holt's How Children Fail, Herb Kohl's 36 Children, and George Dennison's The Lives of Children."
-Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D, author of In Their Own Way
"A riveting book by a master teacher, superb writer, and keen observer who helps us imagine what education could be. Educational reformers take note: If the students at the Albany Free School can accomplish so much, let's discover the potential in every child!"
-Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
"A School Must Have a Heart is a book to keep by one's bed and read a few chapters each night to assure one of more beautiful dreams. Except that these stories emerge from real experiences, available to us all if... Thanks, Chris, for many good nights."
-Deborah Meier, author of In Schools We Trust
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