One that every human being should read. -Amy Tai

One that every human being should read. -Amy Tai

This is a beautiful book and one that every human being should read. How different the world would be if all of our teachers and parents had believed (or just assumed, as Rick Ackerly wisely says we need to do) in that genius in each of us; allowed us to stay in the struggle to become our full selves; acted outside of fear, and just been with us through it all, no matter how “ugly” or “bad” we may have looked or seemed to the world.

Dear Rick,
I can’t begin to tell you how useful, brilliant, wise and wonderful I found your book, The Genius in Children.

There are so many ideas, statements, observations and recommendations that you make that resonate with my thinking, questions, and deeply held beliefs. It is a beautiful book and one that every human being should read. How different the world would be if all of our teachers and parents had believed (or just assumed, as you wisely say we need to do) in that genius in each of us; allowed us to stay in the struggle to become our full selves; acted outside of fear, and just been with us through it all, no matter how “ugly” or “bad” we may have looked or seemed to the world.

I love the way that you look so carefully at important words like discipline and character, and make the distinctions between virtues that are disciplines and virtues that are aspirations…there are countless gems in your book that made me stop and think, and say, aha! Or moments where I had to put the book down to just think and process, make connections in my own mind. I read once somewhere that a truly great book is not one that you can’t put down, but one that you must put down so that you can think about everything it is saying. Yours is such a book.

Another thing that I LOVED was your observation about the way children do not have to be carefully taught the prejudices of their parents, society etc. Our job is to help liberate them. Again, the liberation process is much more simple than many believe. It is about listening to them. Listening to them when they are angry, listen to them when they are hurting, when they are frustrated, when they are heartbroken. Not just their words, but even more importantly their tears, their laughter, their deepest fears. Children are inherently compassionate and want to be connected.
You are a brilliant and wise parent/educator. How lucky all those students, parents, and teachers who get/got to be inside your air traffic controlling screen are!

Thank you so much for writing your book.

With deep respect and appreciation,
Amy Tai

 

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