- Hardcover: 358 pages
- Publisher: Polybius Pr (May 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962400602
- ISBN-13: 978-0962400605
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mothers, Leadership, and Success
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Be aware, however, that Odom pulls no punches, and is refreshingly clear in the light of political correctness. I will not give away the full gist of his argument, but strongly encourage anyone who considers themselves literate and educated to read this book. Ideally, the topics within the book could become the enlightened basis for the development not only of the family but of democracy as well.
The main difference in students today verses 50 years ago is there are many less high achievers in our schools today. Tweaking the school system without understanding this won't work. (To add another view - a recent conversation from a great teacher I know said that NCLB has taken the joy out of learning at school).
Why are there significantly less high achievers? It goes back to the child rearing practices that today are generating less high achievers. Why is that ? Based on Odom's study of history and those who study history, it's the predictable cycle associated with the rise and fall of all nations - the percentage of high achievers dominates the early conquest and commerce cycles of nations. Over time, affluence degrades the child rearing practices and the percentage of high achievers goes down as more low achieving care raisers raise low achieving children (more high achieving mothers work in business and may raise none or one or two kids; more lower achieving mothers stay at home and raise three or more kids). You can find the whole story on this in Odom's "Mothers, Leadership and Success" and "America's Man on Horseback". He proposes many forecasts about where all this is going, but fundamentally, it's about the child rearing practices that have resulted in a growing percentage of low achieving students over the ten generation cycle.Read more ›