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The aim of quality schools is to present education from a different set of lenses. Most schools follow a traditional approach to teaching, whereby the learning is very much teacher centered, focused on memorizing information and then regurgitating it back in meaningless assessments. Glasser, on the other hand, sets out to challenge the traditional view of education. He suggests that a teacher can challenge students to embrace learning, essentially changing the culture of education by implementing four simple reforms:

  1. How teachers lead their class.

  2. How teachers assign work to the students.

  3. Helping students lead themselves through an understanding of how the brain works and self-regulation skills.

  4. Helping students self-evaluate their work and work towards producing quality work.

Glasser believes that these four simple reforms are crucial in establishing the proper environment for students to succeed. Instead of students being compliant and merely doing what the teacher asks in order to achieve marks (external control psychology), the teacher here makes an attempt to match the internal drive of the students (internal psychology). The teacher leads in a non-coercive manner, leading students by explaining how the work being studied is both useful and meaningful in their lives. Then the work is assigned with the students participating in their learning process.


Criteria 1: A Glasser Quality School is a joyful place where a positive, supportive, trusting, learning and working environment is created and maintained.

Criteria 2: Total Learning Competency is expected of all students and students are instructionally supported until competency is achieved.

Criteria 3: All students do competent work as well as some quality work each year.

Criteria 4: All students, staff and members of the school community have participated in the study of Choice Theory and/or the Glasser Quality School Model.

Criteria 5: Students and educators do well on measurements of learning and school performance. 

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