Books and Butts
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Books and Butts is an historical and humerous insight into the Texas high school of the 1980s. It is a diary of the 1980-81 School Year in Boerne, Texas written from the perspective of the assistant principal. As such it focuses on the trials and tribulations of the school disciplinarian whose job responsibilies included management of textbooks and corporal punishment. Hence the title, Books and Butts.
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Dec 18, 2014I his book, "Butts and Books", Dr. Doenges chronicles a year in the role of a vice principal, "untrained for about eighty percent of his job" which leads to the eventual decline of authority and increase in chaos at Boerne High school. Dr. Doenges employs methods of negative reinforcers that lead to ineffective and even heart breaking results. These methods include humiliation, shame, degradation and even pain, in the form of corporal punishment, to modify a child's behavior. This type of behavior modification will very often harm the child's self esteem, emotional growth and well being. Research has shown that positive reinforcers are more powerful for improving behavior than the negative ones upon which this school administrator relied. I was the student described on this book as the "quiet one kicked off the debating team for arriving late to the bus". We had been instructed to meet at a horse statue at a specific time. There are two of these statues... More > on the campus and we arrived, on time, at the wrong one. Our consequence was unfair and harsh. Because of it, we shared an anger and distrust much like most of not only the school body, but most of the teachers, toward Dr. Doenges. I believe if he had used positive reinforcement, he would have built trust and respect rather than the hostile and frustrating environment he perpetuated in the school and his own life. After having read his book, all of these years later, I still have very little respect for him as a school administrator, and now, very little respect for him as a writer.< Less
Oct 6, 2013As a graduating senior of the BHS class of 1981, I enjoyed the book immensely. My very good friend (also class of '81) also has the book and we continually called each other as we came across reminders of that year, and also with speculations as to who some of the misfits actually were. The book is very humorous with stories of the antics of high school students. I couldn't help but marvel at the creative and often ingenious ways in which some in the student body waged psychological warfare on the teachers. Often I would just shake my head and wonder what the ramifications would be for the offending party in today's learning environment. Mr. Doenges, if you're reading this, thank you for the memories and thank you for taking the time, then and now, to journal your experience and later publish it. I'd sure like to connect with you again. You were a fair man and I liked you. I still remember you, at assemblies and other events, scanning the bleachers, keeping an eye out for trouble. You... More > never had to look far, did you?< Less
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- Joseph H. Doenges (Standard Copyright License)
- July 4, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.83 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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