According to Forbes magazine publisher and author Rich Karlgaard, our society today is obsessed with early achievement. He suggests that parents and the education system itself push students to take all of the hardest courses, earn the highest grades, achieve the best test scores and gain admission to the most prestigious universities. As an educator and parent of a high school senior with younger children moving into high school, I have witnessed and experienced this reality first-hand.
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Just like every other year, as 2020 is upon us, many are envisioning what this new year will bring. This is often a season of reflection on the last twelve months, as well as a time to set goals for the coming year. 2020 in particular, though, is the beginning of a new decade, inviting us to reflect on the last ten years and calling us to look ahead to the ten years on the horizon.
As we begin this new decade, it's a unique opportunity to sit down as a family to reflect on the past and dream about the future.
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I recently published my latest book, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement. Below is a question-and-answer session I did with Psychology Today soon after the book’s release. I’ve edited it exclusively for "Navigating Your Child's Education: Blog for Parents." I am also coming to central Ohio on Thursday, February 13, 2020 to speak to parents on this topic. Click on the picture below for more information.