With this groundbreaking work, educator Jenifer Fox is poised to change the conversation about education in America. For too long, parents and teachers have focused on identifying and "fixing" kids' weaknesses to improve academic performance. Passionately written and informed by Fox's 25 years of experience, Your Child's Strengths turns that flawed paradigm on its head. Fox's strengths-based philosophy provides the tools to prepare kids for the future in a world that demands greater adaptability and creative thinking than ever before.Your Child's Strengths will give parents and teachers the tools to discover strengths in three main areas: Activity Strengths, the tasks that make you feel engaged and energized; Relationship Strengths, the things you do for and with others that make you feel valued and competent; and Learning Strengths, the unique ways you approach and understand new information. All three strengths work in tandem.Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools and an outline of the award-winning Affinities Program, Fox has implemented at her own school, this much-needed book is a user-friendly guide for parents, teachers, and administrators that will improve individual performance and an indispensable road map for young people and society to a future that plays to strengths.More
Jenifer Fox makes a compelling case that our education system ("an anxiety-producing machine") is not working for students. Because that system focuses on labeling and fixing weaknesses rather than on celebrating strengths, Fox argues, students' abilities get overlooked or negated, leading many to abandon interest in school altogether. Renée Raudman delivers Fox's provocative message - laced with plentiful anecdotes and illustrations - in sometimes curiously distracting tones that often strike the ear as plaintive or wistful-sounding. Her reenactments of conversations are better, though overall her soft-spoken voice can seem overly emotional in a way that may distract some listeners from Fox's material until they're used to her style. Nonetheless, this practical guide will strike a chord.
"Jenifer Fox has vision, passion, intelligence, and experience. All show in Your Child's Strengths." (Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology)
"This is a brilliant, innovative, enormously practical, and hugely important work. Truly, this book could change the world." (Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction)
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Impassioned argument for strengths-based education
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