Learning is less about curricular delivery and more about building relationships. The thought of school can invoke fear and loathing, or it can elicit warmth and wonder—the difference being a kind word, a nod of encouragement, or a listening ear from a teacher who cares. Over time, the educational landscape has changed, the structures refurbished, the equipment updated, the methodologies redefined, the strategies remodeled. And yet, in this cycle of perpetual change lurks the notion that some things must remain the same. Changes in education are an ongoing reality; what remains the same is the need for strong, vibrant relationships that will withstand the idiosyncrasies of educational fads, fantasies, and fashions. If you’re tired of the proliferation of “edu-speak,” the rationalizations for declining performance, and the continued erosion of standards and expectations of education today, then this is the book for you.