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The Genius in Children: Bringing out the best in your child Paperback – May 20, 2010
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The author found his genius in writing, and once he wrote, "I can't remember any time in my life when I wasn't busy writing."
But is genius so often spelled out like the words woven into Charlotte's Web? True magic reveals itself in mysterious ways, so why should genius be any less extraordinary?
When you allow yourself to see genius through the lens of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, a whole new world comes to life. And it's not one that's dominated by tests and time limits.
It's a world of...play. Some of us like to play with words, some with numbers, others with music or art, and some with dance or tennis. We may not all be geniuses in the intellectual sense of the word ( and this type of genius needs to be nurtured just like any other type of genius), but we all have a spark - something unique within us - that is a gift waiting to be shared with others.
Some of us never discover that gift, but that shouldn't stop us from helping our children to find theirs. How can we do that, when the clues might not exactly be spelled out for us?
Well, according to Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Children: Bringing out the best in your child, we need to "treat children as if they know what they're doing." Instead of rushing in to teach, we should watch, listen, and follow their leads. See what they come up with on their own before we rush in to solve a problem for them. It makes a lot of sense to me. As a matter of fact, I wish more teachers would follow this philosophy as well.Read more ›
--Rebecca Lawton, author of Reading Water: Lessons from the River (Capital Discoveries)
Reading Ackerly's book resembles a conversation with the author himself. The Genius in Children is full of engaging personal stories from Ackerly's forty-plus years as a teacher, principal, and parent of young children and young adults. Each of these stories illuminates the underlying values of the book which include personal responsibility and accountability, self-discipline, perseverance, and resilience. His primary message is that parents and teachers who display these characteristics and provide children with an environment that offers space for self-discovery will end up with adult children who are also responsible, disciplined, resilient, self-reliant, and who know their own genius.
Rick Ackerly is in the same camp as Wendy Mogul, author of Blessings of a Skinned Knee, and "Free Range Kids" blogger Lenore Skenazy in his belief that children need to be allowed to take risks, make mistakes, chart their own paths, and self-advocate without the constant intervention of well-meaning but meddlesome adults. In addition, he provides clarity on how parents and teachers can divide and conquer rather than duplicate the roles they play in kids lives.Read more ›