We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.

William Glasser

The faster you go, the more students you leave behind. It doesn’t matter how much or how fast you teach. The true measure is how much students have learned.

William Glasser

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser

There is plenty of competition in a Glasser Quality School in that there is winning but no losing.

William Glasser

This is at the heart of all good education, where the teacher asks students to think and engages them in encouraging dialogues, constantly checking for understanding and growth.

William Glasser

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.

William Glasser

Told that the passing grade is a B or competence and that we will help you to get there, students do competent work. The lowest passing grade in the real world is competence. Why do schools accept so much less?

William Glasser

Sex is on the minds of most people, especially those who shouldn’t be having it.

William Glasser

We almost always have choices, and the better the choice, the more we will be in control of our lives.

William Glasser

You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school.

William Glasser

Without pay, no human being will work up to their ability if he or she is not cared for and respected.

William Glasser

When we label anyone ‘bad’, we will have more trouble dealing with him than if we could have settled for a lesser label.

William Glasser

What students lack in school is an intellectual relationship or conversation with the teacher.

William Glasser

What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.

William Glasser

We may be up against a stone wall, but we don’t have to bloody our heads against it unless we choose to.

William Glasser

We don’t focus as much in schools on educational knowledge which requires thinking and application, as we do on acquiring facts.

William Glasser

We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can’t relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he’ll never be a competent teacher.

William Glasser

Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, or perhaps later in life, yes when we should say no.

William Glasser

If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place.

William Glasser

As long as acquiring knowledge is the educational goal of schools, educational opportunities will be limited, as they are now, to affluent families.

William Glasser

Caring for but never trying to own may be a further way to define friendship.

William Glasser

Don’t marry someone you would not be friends with if there was no sex between you.

William Glasser

Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.

William Glasser

Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.

William Glasser

Every single major push in education has made it worse and right now it’s really bad because everything we’ve done is de-humanizing education. It’s destroying the possibility of the teacher and the student having a warm, friendly, intellectual relationship.

William Glasser

Everybody needs one essential friend.

William Glasser

Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.

William Glasser

Since there will be no one left to talk peace after the next war, it makes good sense to break with tradition and hold the peace conference first.

William Glasser

I think it is totally wrong and terribly harmful if education is defined as acquiring knowledge.

William Glasser

We can pay teachers a hundred thousand dollars a year, and we’ll do nothing to improve our schools as long as we keep the A, B, C, D, F grading system.

William Glasser

If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.

William Glasser

If you improve education by teaching for competence, eliminating schooling, and connecting with students, the test scores will improve.

William Glasser

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

William Glasser

In a Glasser Quality School there is no such thing as a closed book test. Students are told to get out their notes and open their books. There is no such thing as being forbidden to ask the teacher or another student for help.

William Glasser

It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.

William Glasser

No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence.

William Glasser

Prior to being allowed to enter the profession, prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a group of friendly students for at least half an hour and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about.

William Glasser

Running a school where the students all succeed, even if some students have to help others to make the grade, is good preparation for democracy.

William Glasser

I think education is both using and improving knowledge and that changes the whole picture.

William Glasser

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