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I had the pleasure of talking about my book on the Uncle Phil Show on Friday. It’s a bit long, but a great hour-long discussion with Phil and Marshall. We had some deep conversations about education, bullying and how to help our children in this climate of fear, but mostly, we laughed and bonded over our mutual desire to make the world a better place.
Radio spot with Sid Glassner and “Inside Education”
Pauline Hawkins returned for her second visit to “Inside Education” to continue our discussions about topics covered in her book, “Uncommon Core” a book that should be in every household that is bringing up children. Today’s discussion centered on the subject of bullying, a behavior that has defied time and attention and remained, unfortunately, a part of school life. Today’s conversation involved notions about trust, honesty, kindness, respect, compassion and empathy. These no-cognitive human qualities generally receive some but no enough attention in our classrooms mainly because of the Common Core and high-stakes testing.
For information on inviting Pauline Hawkins to your school for student assemblies or teacher workshops on bullying or empathy training, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
New book review on Amazon:
Check out my radio interview on Inside Education:
Pauline Hawkins, an educator and author of the book “Uncommon Core” joined Sid today to discuss the contents of her book. The “Uncommon Core” are those qualities that comprise the non-cognitive elements of people such as honesty, patience, respect, compassion etc. Hawkins described 25 of these qualities and how parents along with schools can help students acquire these critical qualities.
November 5, 2015 at Rye Public Library. Chapter 10: Teach Them to Stand Up For Themselves
September 10, 2015 at RiverRun Bookstore. Chapter 14: Teach Them to Be Problem Solvers
August 24, 2015, at Great Bay Community College. Chapter 19: Teach Them How to Be Happy.
To schedule a book reading, speaking engagement, or interview contact me at email@example.com or Bethany Ring, Publicist, WordCrafts Press firstname.lastname@example.org
“While government legislation surrounding Common Core, high-stakes standardized testing, and teacher evaluations based on student performance on those tests have combined to create a perfect storm that hurts students and teachers alike, there is still one resource that can help heal the breach. That resource is parental involvement in their child’s education.
From her perspective as both a teacher and a parent, education reformer Pauline Hawkins offers 25 ways that parents can help their children succeed in an educational system that too often confused equality with sameness and refuses to acknowledge the fundamental differences in individual learning and teaching styles.” ~ WordCrafts Press
Book review by Dennis McCarthy:
“In Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System, Pauline Hawkins shares stories from her 11 years of experiences as a high school English teacher to help parents and students prepare for the American school system. The tales range from the touching and uplifting to the surprisingly poignant, and they encompass the full spectrum of teen-age students: the bullies and bullied, the confident and shy, the producers and drifters. Hawkins forcefully connects with the reader—as she did her students — by laying herself bare, showing her vulnerability, honestly recounting her experiences, good or bad, and imparting what she has learned in the process. . . . Soulful and wise, Uncommon Core is an important read for all parents or teachers who want to prepare themselves or their children for the current public school experience.”
Dennis McCarthy, Author of Here Be Dragons: How the study of animal and plant distributions revolutionized our views of life and Earth (2011) and Thomas North and the Shakespeare Canon (2015/2016)
Book review by Karyn McWhirter:
“Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed In a Cookie Cutter Educational System is a down to earth guide to helping young people develop the life skills they need for success in school, the work place, and in their personal relationships. . . . Through her recollections, Pauline Hawkins fills in the spaces between how parents experience their children and how their teachers do. . . . She reminds us that no amount of curriculum design, dynamic teaching, student practice, studying, or extra tutoring will substitute for teaching children about listening and communicating effectively and respectfully, valuing themselves and others, practicing patience, compassion, and honesty, or taking responsibility when it comes to growing up to be happy and successful. . . . We must never forget that children learn wherever they are, and Pauline translates the wisdom she acquired in the classroom and as a mother into practical advice for parents, teachers, and students themselves.”
Karyn McWhirter is a high-school English teacher and yearbook sponsor. She has taught all levels of students and courses from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement.