New Thinking About Children

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446504126
Characteristics: xi, 336 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Merryman, Ashley.


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Aug 22, 2017

This book is great! It is full of great information, but is really fun and easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone!

ShelbyQ May 13, 2015

Some really interesting food for thought about how children develop.

cathmary12 Jun 23, 2014

Four-and-a-quarter stars for the ideas. Reading it was a bit of a slog, but that was probably just me.

Mar 05, 2013

Recommended by Barb in 2012.

Sep 05, 2012

I was so looking forward to this "Best Seller." But I have to admit I'm not only disappointed, but worried that this will be taken as a parental guide. This author has no professional credentials, and it really shows. She so often is comparing "apples to oranges." ( For instance, IQ tests have do not correlate in any significant way with Achievement tests.) Though she has a huge list of references and sources, she is quite correct is saying they are "selected." It's mostly based on non-recognized, or irrelevant research. I DO NOT recommend this book as a whole as a "stand alone" guide for education or parenting. That is not to say that it's all bunk. It certainly isn't. She has a lot of good suggestions. But don't "bet the house on this" till you've gotten corroborating evidence. Liz Campbell

Jun 26, 2012

Enjoyable read. You can read one chapter separately from the others and take your time reading this one.Each chapter is a different subject. This book has been very popular around our Waldorf school, but the ideas can work for any parent.

Apr 14, 2012

Very interesting look at child development. I was especially interested on the section on IQ testing and language. Great read for parents and educators.

Jan 21, 2012

Interesting. Some of their science is well done, some of it is sloppy (no control experiments?) I'd take it with a grain of salt before I started changing how I praised children. The language acquisition stuff is fascinating though.

LocketLibrarian Oct 12, 2011

I was especially interested in the chapter on speech development and skimmed some of the others. Overall, eye opening on many levels.

Jun 25, 2011

Very informative read!

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