Powerful and True. – Nathaniel’s Kin

Powerful and True. – Nathaniel’s Kin

This is a book that any teacher of anything anywhere can use to create an experience of joyous learning.  All of us remember being passionate about a subject or an idea, remember the excitement of exploring it and other ideas linked to it, the satisfaction and sense of self-worth that came from knowing, really knowing, about something that fascinated us.- Nathaniel’s Kin

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5 out of 5 stars. Powerful and True. Ackerly really knows kids and learning!, June 23, 2013
By Nathaniel’s Kin
This review is from: The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children (Kindle Edition)
As a clinical social worker who has taught Family Therapy at Duke for 35 years as well as a practicing child and family therapist, I believe you can trust my five star review: “Rick knows what he’s talking about.”
“Educate” come from the Latin “educere: to draw out of”. Too much of education has been and is cramming facts into children and then being angry that they don’t seem to want to file them away for retrieval on the end-of-year test.
We are blessed with thousands of loving, caring, hard-working teachers in this country, but we force them to work in systems that often crush them. They are underpaid and overworked, taking work home every night. No wonder many of them burn out and leave or stay but with their teacher soul flickering somewhat, even guttering.
This is a book that any teacher of anything anywhere can use to create an experience of joyous learning. All of us remember being passionate about a subject or an idea, remember the excitement of exploring it and other ideas linked to it, the satisfaction and sense of self-worth that came from knowing, really knowing, about something that fascinated us.
It doesn’t matter what that particular seminal idea or subject was, or if we even continued with it. What matters is that once we tasted the joys of thinking and learning, we had them for the rest of our lives. And we all remember the teacher who believed we could and so encouraged us to sit down and satisfy our hunger to learn about whatever it was.
Rick has been that teacher for so many students and parents and teachers. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his work and for his book.

 

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