Perkins, Charles E.
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Jul. 21, 1921 - Jul. 3, 2013
Charles E. Perkins, 91, a retired former Sarasota school principal and pioneer in the Schools Without Failure approach to education, died in his home on Longboat Key on July 3, 2013 following a brief illness.
As principal of Booker Elementary School in the early 1970's, Perkins advocated the adoption of the Schools Without Failure initiative which had been recently created by a California psychiatrist Dr. William Glasser. Schools Without Failure focused on teaching children the reality that they are responsible for their own conduct and progress. "We try to improve self-image and create a feeling of self worth," Perkins was quoted as saying in a 1973 Parade Magazine article.
Following the successful implementation of the program in Sarasota, Perkins was chosen by Dr. Glasser to teach a workshop course to British teachers in London.
Perkins, a self-taught musician, began his career in education as a music teacher at Sarasota Junior High School. His creative approach to teaching music was an early indication of his total commitment to innovative education.
Perkins was also a strong advocate of racial equality. Through music and education, he successfully brought together people of different races during an especially divisive time.
In 1981, he retired as principal of Booker Elementary School.
Charles Perkins was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Army on Guadalcanal, and later returning home on the USS Yorktown. He obtained a Masters Degree in Education at Appalachian State University.
He is survived by his wife Audrey Perkins, to whom he was married for 65 years. The couple had four children: Marquise Perkins of Sarasota, FL (deceased), John Perkins of Pontiac, MI, Cindy Perkins of Sarasota, FL, and Carol Perkins Rawle of Charleston, SC, as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be announced at a later date. Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Published in Herald Tribune from July 7 to July 8, 2013