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Soul Shapers: A Better Plan for Parents and Educators


Are you a soul shaper? Shaping young minds-coaxing fledglings to fly-is the most complex job in the world. In this volume Jim Roy offers a new model for parents and teachers seeking to break out of the rote-memory assembly-line approach to education. This book offers a method of homing in on excellence in the same way that a blindfolded dolphin seeks a ring tossed into the water. Using echo location; the dophin beats an indirect path to the ring; yet every turn; every correction; brings it closer to the goal. Jim Roy compares the ideas of nineteenth-century visionary Ellen White to those of contemporary educator and psychologist William Glasser. External control; says Glasser; wrecks relationships. You can't control kids. You can teach them to control themselves. Students are led; not bossed. The author shows how a noncoercive approach takes kids beyond grudging acquiescence to self-motivation. Case study stories show how to manage problem children in ways that awaken the mind and arouse the aspirations; shaping them into men and women who are as true to duty as the needle to the pole. What Monty Roberts (the horse whisperer) does; gently but firmly; with horses; you can do with children. This contemporary application of Ellen White's cutting-edge principles represents a giant step on the journey to educational excellence.