Alternative Strategies to Social Promotion

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  • Throughout our country the move toward higher academic standards has caused schools to reexamine many of the commonly accepted practices. No past practice has come under greater attack than social promotion. From coast-to-coast, school reformers, political leaders and proponents of higher standards are calling for an end to what they believe has been one of the major contributors to poor achievement in our schools today. This video provides the viewer with several alternatives to social promotion and retention. It shares the thinking of internationally renowned lecturer and best-selling author Dr. William Glasser and features a visit with Dr. Waldemar Rojas, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, and his staff.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 13, 2014.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Social Promotion Introduction (2:28) -- Effects of Social Promotion (2:07) -- Alternatives (2:51) -- Lake Gibson Middle School Choice Theory (1:52) -- San Francisco (1:51) -- Peer Mediation (2:42) -- Emotional Needs Time (1:46) -- Single-Sex Academies (1:55) -- Learning Rates (1:28) -- Language (2:09) -- Class (1:43) -- Standards (2:21) -- Instruction (2:53) -- Credits: Alternative Strategies to Social Promotion (1:01)
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