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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by…

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

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Great, eye-opening, fascinating research. Some of it is counterintuitive, but makes sense when you start thinking about it. It is a great insight not just into children's minds, but adults' own biases - including the authors themselves, who admit they set out to do something different than what they have learned whilecwriting the book. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Some very interesting ideas in this book, and it's worth a read. However, keep in mind that this book is written by journalists, not scientists, and there is a lot of anecdotal material in the book. So, take it with a grain of salt, and read studies from multiple sources, as you should with any pop-sci book. ( )
  andrlik | Apr 24, 2018 |
What an interesting book. It challenges a lot of the things that we think about children and offers scientific reason to back up their statements. Is a book that would appeal to parents as well as educators (such as myself) looking to make really and lasting changes with the children with whom I work. I highly recommend! ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
An insightful exploration of issues that transcends children's lives. It challenges what you thought you knew about raising children. I believe this is important reading for anyone with children or anyone who works with children in any way at all. A few interesting points for me:

a. Praise the 'process'; the effort and not the 'fixed trait' (intelligence)
b. Sleep loss impairs a child's brain
c. Tools of the Mind curriculum teaches self-control among preschool aged children
d. Brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.
e. Baby videos doesn't help with language. One on one communication with parents (parent responding to babbling) does.
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1 vote Rheena | Feb 23, 2018 |
I would really have liked footnotes and felt the book suffered a bit in their absence.
(Maybe they'll have a 2nd edition?)

If it had had these, I would have given it five stars. ( )
  Zoe_Robertson | Jan 30, 2018 |
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But to judge from these pages, the authors are a bit too enthralled with their academic sources. Their penchant for describing psychological studies and research projects as if they were chemistry experiments, with phrases like “the test of scientific analysis” and “the science of peer relations,” conjure up the image of Thomas Dolby repeatedly exhorting “Science!” ......Bronson has adroitly polished a fairly unoriginal subject into high-gloss pop psychology.

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In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.

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Award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science of child development have been overlooked. The authors discuss the inverse power of praise, why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn, why white parents don't talk about race, why kids lie, why evaluation methods for "giftedness" and accompanying programs don't work, and why siblings really fight.… (more)

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