Sir Ken Robinson: You, Your Child and School

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” – Sir Ken Robinson

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Parenting is a lifetime assignment. It can be hard work at times and the hours are dreadful, but it’s also one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences on Earth. Being the custodian of a child’s education is the most important role a parent has outside of providing creature comforts. Making the right choices regarding school and education is daunting and is sometimes filled with misgivings and second-guessing. In New York Times bestselling author Sir Ken Robinson’s new book, YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL, co-authored with Lou Aronica, Robinson guides parents with prescriptive and sometimes controversial advice on how to help their children get the education they need to live happy, productive lives.

Parents everywhere are deeply concerned about the education of their children, especially now, when education has become a minefield of politics and controversy. Ken Robinson, one of the world’s most influential educators whose TED Talk How Schools Kill Creativity has had over 47 million views and remains the most viewed TED talk of all time, has had countless conversations with parents about the dilemmas they face with regard to finding the best school, teacher and curriculum for their child.

All parents want their children to succeed. 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? Will they rise above the new social hurdles or trip over them? In YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL, Robinson offers clear principles and practical advice on how to support your child through the K-12 education system, or outside of it if you choose to homeschool or un-school.

Here’s a link to a Publishers Weekly feature that included Ken.

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. Here is a link to Ken Robinson’s Talking Points and here’s a link to some Interesting Facts and Figures.

YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of schools and education.

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