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Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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PRAISE FOR BEYOND MEASURE:
"America, this is your wake-up call. With both heart and smarts, Vicki Abeles showcases the courageous communities that are rejecting the childhood rat race and reclaiming health and learning. Our kids really need us to listen." (Maria Shriver)
“Every parent, student, teacher, administrator, politician, and community member needs to read Beyond Measure. Vicki Abeles has written what is at once a thoroughly researched and eloquent indictment of our outdated, stifling, achieve-at-all-costs educational system, and a call to arms for change. With stories from a burgeoning movement, Abeles offers a hopeful vision for the future, with play, rest, passion, and the quest for meaning at the heart of the endeavor, and sets off flares to light the way there.” (Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One has the Time)
“A crucial and credible account of the toxic stress that threatens the health of our youth. The scores, résumés, and admission letters that our educational culture worships have little to do with most parents’ wish list for kids: happiness, resilience, curiosity, kindness, and making a meaningful contribution to society. Research on the growing brain makes clear that we need a new approach. In this important book you will find all the science and stories, statistics and steps you need to make real change.” (Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., , author ofThe Developing Mind, Brainstorm, and Mindsight)
“Our kids are arriving at college sick, stressed, and ill-equipped for success. Beyond Measure provides a promising roadmap for parents and educators who understand that happiness and wellbeing are not optional if we want our kids to thrive.”
(Christine Carter, PhD, Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and author of The Sweet Spot)
“Our one-size-fits-all school system is running our children’s wells of creativity and inspiration dry. This revealing and powerful book compels us to revive the kind of learning that really matters, to unleash the possibility within each child.” (Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania)
"This impressive book identifies and offers realistic solutions to misguided views about success in our youth. An invaluable resource for lessening stress and helping our children to be more resilient." (Robert Brooks, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, co-author of Raising Resilient Children)
About the Author
Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, an ex-Wall Street lawyer, and a mother of three. Her documentary Race to Nowhere hit a nerve with its vivid portrayal of today’s broken education system. Her second film, Beyond Measure, about the groundbreaking leaders transforming schools for the better, premieres in 2015. She lives in the San Francisco area with her family.
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Abeles understands the educational landscape from the kitchen table, arguing that it is the kitchen table that has been colonized by schools in this country. It is not only that schoolwork encroaches on family time and threatens student health, Abeles walks us through the ways in which the contemporary educational landscape has turned our children into joyless workers. Not only does she lay out this terrain eloquently and compassionately, she highlights successful schools that have turn off the educational treadmill of more homework, more testing, more AP classes and crushing college admissions standards.
She evokes Betty Friedan's status-quo-shattering book, the Feminine Mystique, and says we must see childhood and the purpose of schooling in a whole new way.
We would all do well to take her action steps to heart and begin to watch and listen to our children about their experiences in school and their dreams and desires. She has done this country a great service by defining the achievement maze that plagues our children.
I skimmed the last two chapters, as it seemed like she was repeating herself, but I appreciated the bullet-lists of suggestions. As I was reading, I felt that if you are NOT zoned to an innovative school, or if your school is deep on its own "Race to Nowhere", this book isn't much help. But, not sure what I was expecting....
The other issue I wish Abeles had addressed was Common Core. It seemed she was in favor of it (not sure??), but CC has been a big factor in teachers losing their autonomy in the classroom. So, I felt like this important factor should have been addressed, but she didn't talk about it (unless I skimmed past that part accidentally?). Anyway, an interesting read initially, but not worth finishing. It's very possible that this book is more applicable for administrative faculty and education policy makers than for a single parent in a sea of parents cheering on The Race.