Stephen Schmitz "Gradebusters"
A BOOK THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
AND YOUR CHILDRENS
his long and varied career as an educator, Steve Schmitz has
been told one story, and asked one question, more than any
other: I know my child is in grade trouble at school,
Dr. Schmitz, and its making my life hellish at home.
Ive tried everything, and nothing works. What do I do
From three decades as a counselor, Schmitz knows
that most parents deeply want to help their children at school.
But he knows all too well how powerless most parents feel
in turning their lackluster learners around.
And he knows, from long experience, how often,
and how bitterly, parents clash with their children during
youve got to do better periods.
To keep household conflict from escalating,
and to show concerned parents how to be part of the solution,
Schmitz put down in book form all the successful advice hes
been dispensing for thirty years. In Gradebusters: How
Parents Can End the Bad Grades Battle, he shares his practical
methods with parents disturbed about their kids low
levels of academic achievement.
Schmitz knows from hundreds of real-life cases
that his methods work. There is a way out of the bad
grades mess, he says, if youre really fed
up with excuses, blaming, moping, guilt, and anxiety. And,
once you finally admit to yourself that youre sick and
tired of rotten grades and ready for a change, substantial
progress may be easier than you think. If youre also
willing to take certain steps, you can take charge of your
childs education, and save your own sanity in the process.
Schmitz offers parents a structure and a formula
that allow them to take charge without bullying. He offers
parents practical solutions for their childrens academic
success, even in less than wonderful schools. Step-by-step,
he guides parents through the process of forging productive
alliances with teachers, recapturing lost opportunities for
academic growth, and motivating their children to learn. It
is a highly readable prescription for ensuring school success.
Among other things, Gradebusters:
- Shows how parents inadvertently perpetuate their kids
bad grades cycle, and provides a step-by-step guide to breaking
- Demonstrates why many underachieving children dont
know why theyre getting bad grades
- Explains how parents should go about discussing grades
with their children
- Debunks the myth that grades are purely a reflection of
a childs intelligence
- Makes clear that certain skills, like organization, may
be the most important, and walks parents through the process
of helping their children develop the academic skills that
will prove useful for a lifetime after school
- Discusses rules and consequences, and how parents can
successfully handle this area in the context of improving
grades.Each child, Schmitz believes, has the potential for
academic achievement. Parents, he emphasizes, are the key
to unlocking their childrens school achievement. Because
it patiently, and in plain language, explains how and where
to begin, continue, and finish, Gradebusters fundamentally
So, if youre a frustrated parent whose
children are working below their potential at school, read
and apply Gradebusters. It will forever change your
attitudes about parenting, your beliefs about your role in
schooling, and your childrens future.
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About Stephen Schmitz
an extremely varied career, Stephen Schmitz, Ph.D., has directed
curriculum development projects, substance abuse programs,
and social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. He has
also worked as family therapist, parenting coach, case manager,
health educator, mental health specialist, and chemical dependency
counselor in various clinical and social venues.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado
State University, and his masters degree from the University
of Colorado. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida,
where he earned several fellowships and the College of Educations
prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was a University
of Florida President's 1993 Outstanding Student.
For more than 25 years, he has taught classes
at schools such as the University of Florida, Spring International
Language Center, the University of Guam, the Micronesian Language
Institute, and Colegio Nueva Granada.
In addition, he has trained teachers, nurses,
researchers, and social workers around the world. His academic
research has appeared in such world-class international journals
as Child Welfare and Journal of Education, as
well as popular magazines like Mothering. His professional
interests include adolescent outreach programs, parenting
education, adolescent values, at-risk youth, and teenage chemical
Gradebusters: How Parents Can End the Bad
Grades Battle is his first book. His next book, Strike
Back! How Parents Can Bust the Teen Drug Culture, will
tell parents how to detect and handle their childrens
problems with drugs and alcohol.