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The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators Paperback – January 28, 2007


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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Fredric Pr (January 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977836908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977836901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Resa Steindel Brown has been uncovering the brilliance in children for over thirty-five years. She excels in building powerful educational processes, environments and schools that enable children to find the innate and individual passion that leads to brilliance. Her work has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and more. She has been involved in public and private alternative education since 1970 and homeschooling since 1987. She homeschooled her own three children from kindergarten into college. Resa is credentialed by the University of California at Los Angeles in Elementary, Secondary and University multiple subject areas. She has a specialization in reading and has taught special education. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in theater arts with full minors in English and psychology. Resa is unique in that she successfully implements educational systems and philosophies that experts have been talking about for years.

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She was determined not to cry. All around her, children were sobbing as though their hearts would break. Each clutched at the hem or pant leg of the parent who brought them. Each parent struggled to free a child's frantic grip and propel that child to the first day of separation. But this little girl was too proud to hold on. She had visions of the beautiful sculptures she would make. She saw in her mind the paintings she would bring home. She saw before her a line of exciting lessons and learnings, of songs and poems and numbers and letters and yes, indeed, worlds she would master. When the tears welled in her eyes, she bravely, proudly, blinked them away. She was ready for kindergarten.

Years later, through the maze of dashed hopes and forgotten dreams, she would recall the brave little girl she had been and wonder what had happened to her. Through the miasma of the struggle for survival and a child of her own whose father she no longer knew, she wondered how a life so bright with hope and pride could have deteriorated to this. "Who was she?" she asked. Where was the courage she had at five? When had the hope evaporated? How had this brave little girl so completely disappeared?

The little boy next to her wouldn't sit still. He was full of life and vigor. The explorer, the mountain climber, he opened his eyes in the morning and leaped out of bed with an excitement that rang through the neighborhood. Already the teacher was warning his father about the possibility of drugging him listless so he would conform to the docility of the other children. She called it `focus.' It wouldn't be long before he would bend--they would just have to work a while to adjust the medication.

By the time he caught his breath, he would be well past eighteen and wonder how his childhood had passed in a dream. Who was he? What had happened?

The group of children in the corner needed special services. By the third week of school, the teacher could tell. Full of eccentricities not visible in the other students, they listened to the rhythm of their own truths.

One was drawn to music. He could follow any drumbeat, remember any lyric, knew the names and songs of all the current musicians. His entire body pulsated to the tune of the radio. There would be no avenue for him. His talent was not on the curriculum. Instead, he would be dragged through histories that had no relevance to his melodic nature. He would be filled with calculations that would have been understood had they been linked to the beat of the songs in his heart. He could have composed anything, but he never had a chance.

Thwarted from discovering the calling intended for him, his life grew gray. A wife and some kids, the nine-to-five job he fell into because he didn't know what else to do, would feed his obesity, his ulcer and his sense that there should have been more, but he just couldn't remember what. What now? Is that all there is? Who was he then?


Stories like these play out in our schools every year. They create a society of adults who spend the rest of their lives looking for the identity and integrity stolen from them when they were small. According to psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers, the search for a more authentic self underlies all our interactions and strivings. Everything we do, want, crave or try is driven by our need to find the answers to these questions, "Who am I? Why am I here? What is my relationship to others?"


More About the Author

Resa Steindel Brown's expertise is in building educational processes and environments that enable children to find their passion and develop their individual and innate brilliance. She has been involved in alternative education since 1970 and homeschooling since 1987. She homeschooled her own three children from kindergarten to college.

Resa is credentialed by the State of California through the University of California at Los Angeles. She maintains Elementary, Secondary and Community College credentials in multiple subject areas. She has been teaching for over thirty-six years from kindergarten through the university level. She has a specialized credential in reading and teaches special education and mathematics remediation. Resa received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and Master of Fine Arts from UCLA in Art and Theater Arts with full minors in English and psychology.

Resa is unique in that she successfully implements educational systems and philosophies that experts have been talking about for years.

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I borrowed this book from a friend years ago and was ready to read it again.
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This book is a must-read not only for parents and educators, but for anyone who believes that all children can be brilliant.
Alice Gorman
Resa Brown's book, The Call To Brillance, was truly inspirational and life changing for me.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dinino on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
For too long in our schools, "different" has been another word for "wrong." Yet, as we learned in school, some of the world's greatest thinkers and artists were different--didn't "succeed" in traditional schools and often were kicked out or dropped out. As Resa beautifully explains, the problem is not that children are being 'left behind.' The problem is a reluctance to leave behind an educational system that often crushes passion and medicates creativity. This book calls us as parents to reawaken our own brilliance, reminds us how to see brilliance in our children, and shows us how to keep that brilliant light shining and expanding. You will see yourself, your school, and your child differently after reading it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Long on March 5, 2007
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I found the extent to which I could relate to this inspirational book amazing. It was so close to home that I wept throughout the book. It is an American Tragedy that all of our children must be educated according to an agenda - one-size fits all. Our educational system does not allow for a nuturing environment. Today each childs individualism is labeled as a disorder. My child's early report cards reinforced his failures and his self esteem suffered. By following the principles underscored in The Call To Brilliance my son began to excel. This "F" student will enter college on a full scholarship in the fall. The parent of every labeled child should have a Resa in their life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tad W. Cronn on November 9, 2006
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Resa Steindel Brown's "The Call to Brilliance" is a rare life-changing work. As much a personal story about an amazing family as it is philosophical treatise about modern education, this book reveals what has gone so wrong in our schools and takes you on a journey that reveals how to uncover the light of brilliance that is inside our children. A practitioner and advocate of homeschooling, Brown points out that public schools were designed for an industrial society to produce conforming drones who don't mind endless tedium. She suggests that an entirely new model is needed in order to unleash children's native creativity and curiosity and help them become truly functioning adults. For parents, this is a must read.

-- Tad Cronn
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mama Bear on March 8, 2007
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Finally, a book has come along in the mainstream press that blows the lid off the grand illusion of our industrialized model of the public school education system. As a parent and trained educator I want to give my children a modicom of hope for their educational future. Resa's book infused me with a breath of fresh intellectual air and gave me support to follow the lead of my children's inherent brilliance. I recommend this book to anyone who has the wherewithall to dig deeper past the ease of comforming to the cookie-cutter approach to standardized education. It's far past time to offer children the freedom to learn what uniquely inspires them and to experience their education as joy, not incarceration. Bravo Resa!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on April 10, 2007
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"The Call to Brilliance" authored by Resa Steindel Brown will make any parent or future parent reconsider how they measure intelligence in their own children and even in themselves. The message of this wonderful book is that ALL children are born with brilliance. The question is whether current modern educational systems are able to nurture and assist in growing this brilliance. Resa Steindel Brown has raised 3 children through a unique home schooling system that has successfully enabled every child in the program to discover their true talents through self motivation, inspiration and freedom. Each child has a natural curiosity that has guided them toward their passion and life's work. Their journey is wonderful to read about but the most amazing discovery is that this can be true for millions of children across our nation and around the world. When a child has a purpose that evokes his/her own passion, he/she will be happier. Happy people are more peaceful and tend to be more giving and grateful. We need these characteristics in our country and in our world. We need to make changes in how we teach the children in our nation. Resa Steindel Brown has incredible insights about how to make these changes. Her life story is inspiring and motivating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DKH on March 4, 2007
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When reading "The Call To Brilliance," be prepared to take a trip through your own memories of childhood days spent in public or private schools. If you were lucky, you'll have joyful and healthy experiences to call to mind. But if you're like many (and possibly most) of us, you'll be moved to cry for lost opportunities, a lackluster educational experience, pressures to conform to group-think and marathon study drills to cram fleeting information that you forgot the week following the test and never had reason to recall thereafter. If this wasn't your personal experience, it'll still be a recollection of siblings, friends or sad strangers you observed during those schooling years. The uplifting element in Resa Steindel Brown's book is the concept and reality that the sorry state of education that most children experience need not be the same for your children or mine. There's something we can do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alice Gorman on January 9, 2008
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The Call to Brilliance is an inspiring true story of a woman who, at a young age, noticed problems in our education system and later used her experience to fuel her own education revolution. Author and award-winning educator Resa Steindel Brown was raised, like many of us, in a system that stifles passion and learning. When it came time to raise her own children, she insisted on finding a way to give them more. She strived to create an enriching environment for her own children, as well as others, that encouraged their innate eagerness to learn, put fire under their passions, and ultimately allowed them to optimize their own brilliance.

This story tells of her struggles in creating such an environment and gives hope that although difficult at times, it is not only possible, but extraordinarily rewarding for all. The success of her own children is a great testament to the benefits of finding and kindling a child's passion into brilliance. This book is a must-read not only for parents and educators, but for anyone who believes that all children can be brilliant.
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