Ron Clark’s The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck-101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers

By Kelly Thunstrom

Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator”.  Named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000, his name has become synonymous with getting much needed change to the American education system.  No less than Ms. Oprah Winfrey named him her first “Phenomenal Man”.  When she gave a shout out to his first book, The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child, it immediately shot to the top of the bestseller lists.  Clark’s second book, The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children, was also a bestseller.  With the July publication of his latest, The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck-101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers, Clark proves not just his obsession with numbers in a title, but also helping kids reach their full potential.

Perhaps Clark’s crowning achievement is not his books, but his Atlanta-based school, the Ron Clark Academy.  Co-founded by Kim Bearden, yet another award-winning Teacher of the Year, the Academy is like no other (Do you have a slide in the middle of your school, or posters of teenage heartthrobs in your girls’ bathroom?).  The 101 solutions to which Clark refers have all been used to great success at the Academy.  The End of Molasses Classes is unique in that Clark brings parents, teachers, and communities together.  It is only with these three entities working side by side that children can be as successful as they are at his Academy.

I am sure that everyone has, at one time or another, been in a “molasses class”.  Staring at the clock, looking out the window, daydreaming…all signs of being in one.  How extraordinary it would be for our children if teachers used some of these solutions to make learning come alive!  How extraordinary it would be for our children if parents and the community supported teachers in their endeavors!  Clark is the first to admit that it is certainly not easy, but our children are worth it.

As a teacher, I have used Clark’s books a multitude of times for suggestions in my own classroom.  He is a highly-respected educator, one who works tirelessly for the sake of the education our children deserve.

Stay tuned for our interview with Ron Clark to be posted soon.

Kelly Thunstrom has been teaching for almost 15 years, working with the fourth, fifth, and seventh grades full-time.  She has been named to Who’s Who in Education, as well as awarded the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Education.  Kelly is editor and publisher of 1776books, which provides reviews of various types of books.  She also writes book reviews for Bookloons, local theater reviews for Stage Partners, and is the arts reviewer for the local Patch syndicates.






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