An essential book for parents to help their children get the education they need to live happy, productive lives from The New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Creative Schools
Parents everywhere are deeply concerned about the education of their children, especially now, when education has become a minefield of politics and controversy. One of the world’s most influential educators, Robinson has had countless conversations with parents about the dilemmas they face. As a parent, what should you look for in your children’s education? How can you tell if their school is right for them and what can you do if it isn’t? In this important new book, he offers clear principles and practical advice on how to support your child through the K-12 education system, or outside it if you choose to homeschool or un-school. Dispelling many myths and tackling critical schooling options and controversies, You, Your Child, and School is a key book for parents to learn about the kind of education their children really need and what they can do to make sure they get it.
Education advocate Robinson and Aronica, authors of Creative Schools, lay out a familiar but solid plan for parents to become more aware of and active in their children's education. The authors' aim is to foster an educational environment where kids will enjoy and feel fulfilled by learning. They believe that a preoccupation with science, technology, engineering, and math in modern education has resulted in too little attention to the arts and humanities, and that standardized testing and an unhealthy level of competition have been demoralizing to students and teachers alike. However, they reassure readers that "as a parent you have more power than you know" to affect a child's education for the better. Robinson and Aronica show parents how to choose the right schools and support individual learning styles. Especially useful are their descriptions of different educational philosophies and kinds of schools, and the suggestions and techniques for engaging with teachers and administrators. Parents will receive a helpful reminder here that the purpose of education is to help children "become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens," and that parental involvement can make this happen.