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You Your Child & School

Navigate Your Way to the Best Education

Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica

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An essential book for parents to help their children get the education they need to live happy, productive lives from The New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Creative Schools

Parents everywhere are deeply concerned about the education of their children, especially now, when education has become a minefield of politics and controversy. One of the world's most influential educators, Robinson has had countless conversations with parents about the dilemmas they face. As a parent, what should you look for in your children's education? How can you tell if their school is right for them and what can you do if it isn't? In this important new book, he offers clear principles and practical advice on how to support your child through the K-12 education system, or outside it if you choose to homeschool or un-school. Dispelling many myths and tackling critical schooling options and controversies, You, Your Child, and School is a key book for parents to learn about the kind of education their children really need and what they can do to make sure they get it.

"If you're worried about what will happen to your kids in school, Sir Ken Robinson is here to help. This is a clear-eyed, immediately practical guide to avoiding helicopter parenting but still playing an active role in your children's education-and ultimately their happiness and success."
-Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

"[Robinson] offers an honest view of all the options available, giving adults the tools and insights they need to find schooling that is the best fit for each individual child. For adults who are looking for ways to use schooling to help their children achieve happy, constructive lives."
-Library Journal

"You, You Child, and School provides common-sense advice and helpful tactics to guide parents in making the right educational choices for their children. This book will help parents tone down their own anxiety, exasperation, and worries over schooling, and make the best choices for their child, providing a far more enjoyable and productive learning experience for all."
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Creative Schools

"Creative Schools is one of those rare books that not only inspire and bring a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education, but also lay out an actionable strategy. Ken Robinson is leading a daring revolution to change how we understand schools, learning, and, most important, the passion and talent of our students. This is a global game changer and I'm in."
-Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly

"Creative Schools is wonderful and enjoyable. It makes us rethink what real schooling, learning, and creativity mean."
-Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala and a Nobel Prize Laureate

‟Ken Robinson's Creative Schools offers a brilliant and compelling vision for what education must become. His powerful call to action cites wonderful examples where the education of the future is happening today. Don't miss this important book!"
-Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap and expert in residence at Harvard University's Innovation Lab

"Make me care. Sir Ken and Lou turn these three words into a mantra for the future of education. We don't do education to students, we do it with them. I hope every teacher and every parent reads this."
-Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams

‟Sir Ken Robinson has been a leading voice for radical change in education for decades. In Creative Schools, he not only articulately defines the problem, but also provides a practical road map for transforming the system one school at a time. Far from being a pipe dream, Sir Ken Robinson highlights educators who are leading the charge and revolutionizing education now.ˮ
-Dave Burgess, New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is a global leader in educational reform and a
New York Times bestselling author. The most watched speaker in the history of the prestigious TED conference, Fast Company calls him “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”.  Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick in the UK, he advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations.
The Element has been translated into twenty-three languages.

Lou Aronica is the author of four novels and coauthor of several works of nonfiction, including the national bestseller
The Culture Code (with Clotaire Rapaille),
The Element, and
Finding Your Element.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 13.03.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-670-01672-3
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 21.7/14.9/3.5 cm
Gewicht 430 g


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  • Chapter One

    Get Your Bearings

    If you're a parent of school-age children this book is for you. My aim is to help you get them the education they need to live productive, fulfilled lives. I've worked in education all my professional life. Along the way I've had countless conversations with parents about school. I'm a parent too and know firsthand that being a parent is a challenge as well as a pleasure. It gets more complicated when your children start school. Until then, you've been mainly responsible for their development and well-being. Now you entrust a major chunk of their waking hours to others, giving them enormous influence over your children's lives during their most formative years.

    Seeing them go to school on that first day brings a suite of emotions. You hope they'll be excited about learning, make good friends, and be happy and inspired at school. At the same time, you probably feel a good deal of trepidation. School brings a whole new set of relationships. How will your children respond to their teachers? Will the school see what's special about them? What about the other parents and children? Will your child rise above the new social hurdles or trip over them? As your child heads into school for that first day, it's no wonder you feel a catch in your throat. You think things will never be the same. You're right.

    Emma Robinson (no relation) is a teacher in England. She's also a parent and knows how it feels to leave your child at school on that very first day. She wrote a poem called "Dear Teacher," which has since been shared by thousands of other parents. Here's an extract:

    I know you're rather busy

    First day back, there's just no time

    A whole new class of little ones

    And this one here is mine.

    I'm sure you have things covered

    And have done this lots before

    But my boy is very little

    He hasn't long turned four.

    In his uniform this morning

    He looked so tall and steady

    But now beside your great big school

    I'm not quite sure he's ready.

    It seems like just a blink ago

    I first held him in my arms

    It's been my job to love, to teach

    To keep him safe from harm.

    I know as I give him one more kiss

    And watch him walk away,

    That he'll never again be wholly mine

    As he was before today.

    Parents have always worried about handing their children over, but these days they have even more on their minds about school. Many are exasperated about what's happening in education. They worry that there's far too much testing and stress at school. They feel that the curriculum has become too narrow because of cuts in important programs in the arts, sports, and outdoor activities. They're concerned that their children are not treated as individuals and that schools are failing to cultivate their curiosity, creativity, and personal talents. They're anxious about how many young people are being diagnosed with learning problems and being medicated to keep them focused. They worry about potential bullying and harassment. If they have children in high school, they worry about the rising costs of college and whether their children will be able to find a job whether they go to college or not. More than that, they often feel powerless as parents to do anything about it.

    Anger and Anxiety

    Recently, I asked people on Twitter and Facebook about their biggest concerns in educating their children. In less than an hour, hundreds of people from all over the world had posted responses. Bec, a young mother in the United States, spoke for many when she said that children's "strengths are not valued and their weaknesses are magnified