Since everyone is about to start school again next week, it's a good time for Dr. Grauer to come clean and talk about mistakes. But, the mistakes he's talking about are often unquestioned as "truths" and presumed as normalcy in educational circles—otherwise known as "normal mistakes."
Dr. Grauer's Page
Academic and Spiritual Depth
The Grauer School is not trying to reinvent the wheel. I have travelled the world for four decades studying the worlds greatest and most inspirational schools, educators, and educational movements: Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilio, free and democratic schooling, classical education, from one room schoolhouses to Peking University. We support all these great movements and traditions which have supplied me with heroes, wisdom, and mentors.
But a lot has happened in our venerable field—and so our vision grows. Education today is alive with powerful findings about school size, class size, mind and brain research, outdoor and expeditionary learning, values-driven education and much more. The great traditions are the foundation The Grauer School uses to infuse all we keep learning. The result is an outlook of optimism and inspiration.
Every voice matters. My commitment is to developing the finest, humanitarian independent school in the world. The Grauer School research team works year round with parents, students, faculty to measure, affirm, refine, and advance all that’s best about our program.
Dr. Grauer's Column
In this week's column, Dr. Grauer shares excerpts from a study by noted psychologist Jean Twenge, covering breaking research on "smartphone" use—the most ironic name in technology history. Dr. Grauer's question, which might be yours after you read this column, is: Why aren't smartphones treated like a controlled substance?
Fearless Teaching Book
Fearless Teaching is a stirring and audacious jaunt around the world that peeks—with the eyes of one of America’s most seasoned educators–into places you will surely never see on your own. Some are disappearing. It is a bit like playing hooky from school. You will travel to the Swiss Alps, Korea, Navajo, an abandoned factory in Missouri, the Holy Land, the Great Rift Valley, the schools of Cuba, the ocean waves, and the human subconscious—oh, and Disneyland.
There you will find colorful stories for the encouragement, inspiration, and courage needed by educators and parents. Fearless Teaching is not a fix-it book—it is more a way of seeing the world and the school so that you can stay in your work and focus on what matters most to you.
Grauer’s writing reminds us that
"Great Teaching, singular, rare, unusual, is something that should be sought after and found. Thank you.”
—Richard Dreyfuss, Actor, Oxford scholar, founder of The Dreyfuss Initiative