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This books contains a mix of anecdotes, stories and "tips" but no real why and how. The Essential 55 is in essence a list of "things you might want to teach kids".
Some ideas like every student should surprise someone every week and everyone needs to learn to say thank you lead to interesting stories and this is were the book does well. It is at times heart warming and touching.
The book falls apart however when it goes back to listing the "rules". Many things on the list left me scratching my head. It consists of many useless rules and a lot of etiquette lessons. Did you know that asparagus and bacon are one of 10 foods that can be eaten with your fingers?
If you are looking for cute stories and one teachers experiences... it is worth a listen. If you are hoping for guidance, professional development or new knowledge then pass this one up.
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While I enjoyed listening to Ron Clark, I was disappointed that this was not a book about education but a book on manners. For instance, Mr. Clark spent several minutes discussing how to use you napkin in a restaurant and which foods are finger foods. Perhaps in his next book, Mr. Clark will discuss his ideas about education.
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