Speaking capers (this one much more sinister), I am attempting to finish The Map of Lost Memories set in 1925 Cambodia. The main character is more real than likable but I find myself wanting to continue her journey. The supporting characters seem a bit more interesting and forgivable than the protagonist but I'm enjoying her a bit more as the plot begins to spiral. The story is not condescending nor predictable and I appreciate that.
Also from the library, I picked up this brand new book: The Dolphin Way: A Parents Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, Motivated Kids. The author explains how to develop self-motivation and help children follow their inner compass. The key is CQ; a focus on four traits that foster 21st century skills. The author's point is that if kids don't grow up with CQ, their IQ will only get them so far. In reality, I believe these four characteristics have been valuable and led to personal success throughout history. I can't imagine a parent looking at the list in 1901 and saying, I'm not going to focus on nurturing these traits in my child, he'll never get a job. I'm pretty sure the generation that survived the Great Depression and the generation that lived through WWII had CQ in spades.
The truth is, it wasn't difficult for Dr. Kang to convince me to concentrate on teaching these skills instead of academics. I don't much care about standardized test scores (unlike Arne Duncan, I already know my children are brilliant). I want to see growth in skills that will assure that they have the keys to doors they want to open. I don't want to prepare my sons for a predicted career path, I want them able to select the endeavors and adventures that make their hearts sing and their minds wonder. If they meet with that particular success, I believe they will make the world a better place no matter what they score on the ACT.
- Critical Thinking
One thing is for sure, we won't stop reading around here no matter what the calendar says!