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Customer Review

on December 18, 2012
This book is a great dilution of the original for any parent, educator, or childcare professional with questions about education, cognitive ability, and character-building. Though it is a lot of information packed into a short read, it's easy to understand and states each case clearly per chapter. The summaries after each chapter are very helpful--it's like having study notes for each section you read.
I found all the cognitive correlations interesting--for instance, just because you have a high IQ doesn't mean you do well in school, and that the reason lots of low-income children do poorly in school is because of the stress of living in poverty. Also the importance of character-building in children was fascinating, from the chess programs for inner city kids to the privileged private-school students. It makes complete sense that to be a successful adult you have to be able to deal with challenges (i.e., failure). I found it fascinating that privileged, private-school students tend to seek "safer" jobs rather than becoming entrepreneurs, etc. This book has great insights, and I would highly recommend it for someone constantly "on the go" who may not have time to read through the non-condensed version.
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