"Cain and Laird have identified a new paradigm, which will transform the education of children by distilling research and applying the basic fundamentals of blocking and tackling to the classroom. Within a year, Cain and Laird's formula has dramatically taken many Texas schools from worst to first. Cain and Laird hold the keys to the future of transformative education...The Fundamental Five is simply the best teaching system I have seen. It will change education. And with it, the lives of a generation of children."
"In a time when both institutions and individuals in education are universally being challenged to 'do more with less,' we find two fresh new voices [Cain and Laird] ready to take the challenge by delving into the idea that it is the small changes in instructional practice that makes college-ready learning in every classroom a real possibility...The story and practice that Cain and Laird bring to a new generation of teachers and principals is as exciting as anything I have witnessed."
"Purposeful discussion and positive emotions are vital to supporting educational achievement. I loudly applaud the authors in offering teachers practicaladvice as to how this can be achieved in their classroom."
"The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction is more than a theoretical treatise, and it is certainly not a book that re-covers the well traveled paths so often used as talking points in public education. Solidly anchoring one corner of Cain's Foundation Trinity, the Fundamental Five has the power and ‘how-to’ tone that can transform America's schools."