Will the Real Peter Klein/Kline Please Stand Up?

21 July 2007 at 10:49 pm 6 comments

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Twice in recent months I’ve been contacted by someone who thought I was the Peter Klein — actually Peter Kline — who wrote Ten Steps to a Learning Organization (with Bernard Sanders, 1997). I was even invited to give a keynote speech! I suppose this happens because if you Google “Peter Klein organizations” or “Peter Klein learning organizations” you get me at or near the top of the list. (Who says academic blogging isn’t worthwhile?)

So, who is this Peter Kline? He has several interesting-sounding books: The Everyday Genius, The Genesis Principle: A Journey into the Source of Creativity and Leadership, and Why America’s Children Cannot Think. But I can’t find any biographical information on the author, nor contact information to hand out to his admirers. Any suggestions?

NB: See also this on more Kleins.

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  • 1. Cliff Grammich  |  22 July 2007 at 9:41 am

    I suppose you already figured out he was born in 1936 (at least according to the WorldCat listing for “Why America’s Children Cannot Think.” I’ve tried several of the “people search” programs I know and found a 70-y-o “Peter Kline” in California and a 71-y-o “Peter Kline” in Alaska, but that doesn’t really solve your problem.

    On a loosely related note, a few months ago my parish choir was practicing a work, written in the mid-1970s, on which the director and one of our best tenors (not me, I’m a bass;) were disagreeing on the right tempo for the music. As I recall, the composer suggested 92 beats per minute, which the tenor said he had heard for this work elsewhere, but the director said that sounded a bit too fast. We couldn’t find much on the web for this composer, who had apparently retired some years ago, but I finally found an address and phone number for him. The director called him, and the composer was delighted to hear somebody was doing the piece. He added he had suggested 92 beats per minute because he thought 88 was more appropriate and he knew instinctively choir directors would slow it down a trifle from whatever he suggested!

    On another loosely-related but perhaps more relevant note, I suppose you saw the WSJ article in early May about how well one’s name “googles”? The story led with a woman whose name “googled” well before marriage, but not afterwards, so she and her husband spent quite some time figuring out how well prospective names for their first child would google before selecting one. (I can find the date on this, if you wish.) With a name like “Grammich,” I need not worry much about that for my children. And with a moniker like “Clifford Grammich,” I might run on the web, but I can’t hide (or not for long behind dear old dad, Clifford Grammich Sr.).

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  22 July 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Cliff, that is funny!

    Joe Mahoney has found our man: http://indiawritingstation.squarespace.com/learning-career-visions-kline/

    Sounds like an interesting guy!

  • 3. Daniel Latch  |  14 April 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I studied with Peter Kline in the early nineties in South Bend, Indiana. We were both consultants to a project designed to upgrade the job market survival skills of highly paid union factory workers abandoned for tax breaks and low wages across the border. Politics turned the project into a welfare to work program where we applied Integrative Accelerated Learning, Neurolinguistic Programming, and Family Systems Therapy to teach and oversee processes for improvement, remove blocks to working for a living and believing in their ability to learn and to trust the genius within, and to reorient attitudes and beliefs toward desiring and creating a worthy life.

    Peter taught a two week program on Integrative Accelerated Learning to myself and a cadre of social workers and family therapists. We sallied forth and created a variety of training modules. Then we set about persuading about 30 2nd and 3rd generation welfare mothers and a couple of fathers and began. In three months, our urban university for the underprivileged produced an 89% success rate which increased over the following twelve months.

  • 4. John Ansell  |  13 September 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Interesting subject-was associated with Peter Kline from 1954-1962 via Lyric Theater Of Washington D.C. A true original-organized a theater company in high school which reached professional stature in the 50s and 60s. Has made his mark in education. I have not seen him in 45 years.

  • 5. Peter Kline  |  14 July 2009 at 12:01 pm

    My daughter sent me the URL to this.

    ABOUT PETER KLINE

    Peter Kline is a broker and developer of state of the art learning systems. He has authored over 15 books and many articles on education, literature and the arts. He is a founder of The Thornton Friends School, one of the leading private schools in the Metropolitan Washington D. C. area. This school is the main subject of a chapter entitled “Creating Great Schools” in Reclaiming Our Children by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

    For the past twenty years, he has been involved with various innovative learning programs, especially integrative-accelerative learning, a process that restores a blend of creativity and critical thinking to the educational process and focuses on organizational learning program systems enhancement. He is currently expanding this interest with the development of new approaches to cognitive skills education and the creation of instructional programs. His latest books include Why America’s Children Can’t Think, Ten Steps to a Learning Organization, The Everyday Genius, School Success: The Inside Story, The Butterfly Dreams and The Genesis Principle.

    Kline includes among his activities the role of scientific advisor and consultant with the Learning Enhancement Corporation in Chicago, which is dedicated to developing and distributing state of the art learning improvement programs. This includes school transformation projects. In the process he is not only involved in the development of the LEC BrainWare product, but also new state of the art developmental reading and math programs. He is also working with a number of groups that are collectively creating an international approach to developing and distributing innovative learning methods.

    His work in education has been referenced and discussed in several landmark books, including The Learning Revolution, Accelerated Learning, Effective Secondary Teaching: Beyond the Bell Curve, and Grits, Guts and Genius. The latter devoted an entire chapter to his work at Chicago’s Guggenheim Elementary School and at Eastman Kodak. His chapter on mathematics instruction appears in Robert Sorensen’s Preventing Early Learning Failure, published by the American Society of Curriculum Development. Kline’s book, The Story of Numbers, has also been made into a short film.

    In 1990 and 1991, Kline worked with Eastman Kodak and the New York State Public Schools to develop major programs for teacher training and corporate culture change. This process saved Eastman Kodak 40% on its training costs and produced results that were 27 times as effective as those previously achieved in the same area of training. The program was the subject of a major article in Management Review.

    In addition to his work with schools and corporations, Kline has been involved in welfare to workforce programs in Elkhart, Michigan City, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso and Gary, Indiana, Camden, New Jersey, Oakland, California, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with a particular focus on job training and enhancement of quality of employee performance. Among many corporations and manufacturing companies, he has worked with Kodak, Norwest Banks, Bellcore, Bellcore TEC, Ameritech, Learning Strategies, IDS, Detroit Center for Professional Growth and Development, North American Sign Company, Hamline University, Prince George’s Community College, SpeakEasy Language School, Boy Scouts of America, California Youth Authority, New York State Department of Adult Education, Wegman’s, Intel, Sandia Corporation, Honeywell Corporation, Northeastern Indiana TQM Network, U. S. West, TPS Corporation, Laubach Literacy, Literacy Volunteers of America, South San Francisco’s Literacy Program, Fort Lauderdale Literacy Program and the Canadian Department of External Affairs Foreign Service Institute. He has also worked with school systems in Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn, Queens, North Syracuse, Rochester, Utica, Washington, D. C., Fort Wayne, Goshen, Elkhart, Concord, South Bend, IN, Kalamazoo and Detroit, MI, and Arlington, VA.

    Kline’s achievements in the field of educational reform have been the subject of two PBS TV documentaries: The Everyday Genius and Learning in the Workplace: The Key to Quality and Productivity. He is currently working on a project to develop schools that volunteer to become model schools for what is currently the best way of educating children that can be assembled from learning resources available worldwide.

    Kline also works with corporations to develop tools for increasing their efficiency and effectiveness, primarily from transforming them into learning organizations in which all employees are involved in an open book approach to quality improvement.

    email address peterleekline@aol.com

    Hi Joihn Ansell. II’d love to see you again

  • 6. John Ansell  |  1 January 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Peter-Don’t ask me how it’s taken this long to answer. but I/m not a computer wizard. From time to time, I search the “web” anf found you were an education whirlwind. Long after our days in Lyric, I found that my involvement was in many ways a direction to a future, not necessarily in “theatre”. Look at some of our graduates- Ann Williams Faery Queen, now subject of a book by her children “The Kids Are All Right”, Judy Martin now Miss Manners, and many more, and as you probably know, we could never have done all this stuff today, with insurance liability, etc problems.When I listen occasionally to Utopioa, 1957, I think this is the best cast we ever had( minus Sue Opper), and I remember all the great people who made this a wonderful group. Cheers!!! John Ansell

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