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What Schools Don't Teach
20 Ways to Help Students Excel in School and Life

ISBN 9781138803404
Published November 17, 2014 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Are we adequately preparing students for life beyond school doors? Schools teach students not to be competitive and never to fail. Yet in the real world, people compete for jobs, and they often fail many times before reaching success. In this thought-provoking book, authors Johnson and Sessions describe 20 skills that are overlooked in schools and in educational standards but that are crucial to real-world success. They describe how you can develop these skills in your students, no matter what subject area or grade level you teach.

You’ll learn how to

  • promote leadership;
  • allow competition;
  • encourage meaningful engagement;
  • help students find their voice;
  • incorporate edutainment and pop culture;
  • motivate towards excellence
  • hold students accountable and responsible;
  • foster perseverance and the ability to learn from failure;
  • teach effective communication;
  • and much more!

Each chapter includes insightful research, thought-provoking stories, and practical strategies that you can take back to your own classroom.

Table of Contents

Meet the Authors



Chapter 1: Promote Leadership

Chapter 2: Allow Competition

Chapter 3: Help Boys become Readers

Chapter 4: Inspire Creativity

Chapter 5: Encourage Meaningful Engagement

Chapter 6: Help Students Find Their Voices

Chapter 7: Incorporate Edutainment and Pop Culture

Chapter 8: Motivate Towards Excellence

Chapter 10: Hold Students Accountable and Responsible

Chapter 11: Foster Perseverance and the Ability to Learn from Failure

Chapter 12: Don’t Childproof Education

Chapter 13: Instill Vigor

Chapter 14: Model Flexibility

Chapter 15: Create Kids of Character

Chapter 16: Integrate Technology

Chapter 17: Promote Teamwork

Chapter 18: Teach Effective Communication

Chapter 19: Instruct the Individual

Chapter 20: Authenticate Relationships

Chapter 21: Merge the Real World into the Classroom


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Dr. Brad Johnson is an international speaker in the field of education. He has spent over 20 years in the education field, with experience as a teacher, curriculum director, and administrator.

Dr. Julie Sessions has worked in education for 21 years. She is currently a fifth grade science teacher and Lower School curriculum coordinator at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina.


"What Schools Don’t Teach offers relief for test-weary students and their teachers by encouraging the development of creativity, leadership, flexibility, passion, vigor, teamwork, and more as essential for success in school and in life.  Johnson and Sessions challenge educators to pursue excellence and innovation despite testing limitations and offer practical, proven methods for getting students motivated, engaged, and excited about learning. This is a must-read for passionate educators who want to bring excitement to their classrooms and fully tap the potential of their students." 

--Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals

"What Schools Don’t Teach will be a significant new voice in the national discussion about the future of education. From personal experience and knowledge of the research, the authors make a compelling case for a new approach to the education of students. In addition to providing an articulate, research-based argument for rethinking our current approach, the authors provide very meaningful stories from their personal experience as teacher/educator and highly-relevant ideas for the practitioner. This is one of the books that should be read by educators who are serious about teaching for the future."

--Steve Robinson, Ph.D., President, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)