Lesson One: the Book

What do child advocates Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Edward Hallowell Author of Driven to DistractionDr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith Author of Deadly Consequences & Dr. James Fox of Northeastern University all have in common?

All have enthusiastically recommended “LESSON ONE: THE ABCS OF LIFE “– The skills we all need but were never taught.

Michael Ryan, co-author of Lesson One: The ABCs of Life, wrote the following in the book’s preface:

Lesson One is the culmination of a long and exciting scientific project. Like the researchers who spent years learning how to prevent polio or cure smallpox, Jon Oliver has devoted his life to studying how people learn–or don’t learn–the lessons that will equip them for the rest of their lives. Gradually, over many years of honing and changing, the ABC’s of Life was born….Changing our culture has been the aspiration of humanity for as long as history has been recorded: Shakespeare, Emerson, and Tennyson all wrote about finding a better world. Lesson One is changing lives, one child at a time. Lesson One can dramatically change our culture by expanding its reach and bringing its message to a nation in need.

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The book has set the standard for social and academic learning and is the foundation for initiatives such as PBIS and Restorative Justice.