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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds - Jan Davidson, Bob Davidson, Laura Vanderkam This book documents fairly extensively what we all know -- public schools serve almost every child poorly with its "one size fits all" mentality. Those children who are behind and struggle to catch up are served poorly. Yet even those who are advanced and forced to slow down are served just as poorly. This book addresses the plight of gifted students and their stories of frustration, boredom, behavior issues, and sometimes depression and suicide. Dozens of stories of parents trying to work within the public school system are described. The authors are founders of a non-profit foundation that supplies resources for gifted children. The website for the authors is referenced frequently throughout the book.The problem that I have with this book is that it assumes somehow that educators are better at providing educational guidance for students. I have found that this is not the case. Story after story in the book says, "our clients were forced to homeschool because the educators (principles / administrators / teachers) were simply not helping us forward Jimmy's education even after we had him tested and he was off the map as a genius." My question is, "why wait so long to figure out that parents know their children better and can provide superior educational guidance than a mere public school employee?". The success of homeschoolers is grudgingly acknowledged, but is always paired with the "but what if homeschooling isn't an option for you?". Looking at the months / years of constant "working with and educating your school teachers and administrators" to promote your child's situation, how many countless hours of effort, the sheer man-years of effort, could have been better used by just pulling them off of a train that is headed to a train wreck and finding things outside the system?