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Becoming brilliant : what science tells us about raising successful children
First edition.
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xiv, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Re-defining success in the 21st century -- The learning industry and the learning sciences: how educational reform sent us in the wrong direction -- The skills needed for success are global -- Hard skills and soft skills: finding the perfect balance -- Collaboration: no one can fiddle a symphony -- Communication: telling it like it is -- Toppling the king that is content -- Critical thinking: show me! -- Creative innovation: something new from something old -- Confidence: dare to fail -- A report card for the 21st century -- Epilogue.
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While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that "content is king," neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek introduce the "6 Cs": collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. They also show parents ways they can nurture their children's development in each area.


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In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those their parents and grandparents knew. Even the definition of ""career"" and ""job"" are changing as more people build their own teams to create new businesses, apps, and services. Although these changes are well underway, most systems lag behind. Most education systems still subscribe to the idea that content is king. The exclusive focus on content is reflected in what is tested and taught, and even in the toys that we offer our children at home. Employers want to hire excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and innovators - in short, they want brilliant people. But they are often disappointed. So what can we do, as parents, to help our children be brilliant and successful?

Stories about the failures of our educational systems abound, but most of them stop after pointing out the problems. Becoming Brilliant goes beyond complaining to offer solutions that parents can apply right now.

Authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek provide a science-based framework for how we should be educating children in and outside school. Parents become agents of change for children's success when they nurture six critical skills.

Constructed from the latest scientific evidence and presented in an accessible way rich with examples, this book introduces the 6Cs - collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence - along with tips to optimise children's development in each area.

Taken together, these are the skills that will make up the straight-A report card for success in the 21st century.

Author Notes

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, is the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. She has won numerous awards including the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science and Distinguished Scientific Lecturer. Having written over 150 articles and 16 books, monographs, and special journal issues, she is an expert on language development, playful learning, and early spatial knowledge.
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy, as well as the role of play in learning. She has written 14 books and hundreds of other publications, and has received numerous awards including the American Psychological Association's Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 Redefining Success in the 21st Centuryp. 11
Chapter 2 The Learning Industry and the Learning Sciences: How Educational Reform Sent Us in the Wrong Directionp. 23
Chapter 3 The Skills Needed for Success Are Globalp. 33
Chapter 4 Hard Skills and "Soft Skills": Finding the Perfect Balancep. 43
Chapter 5 Collaboration: No One Can Fiddle a Symphonyp. 57
Chapter 6 Communication: Lines of Connectionp. 85
Chapter 7 Toppling the King That Is Contentp. 117
Chapter 8 Critical Thinking: What Counts as Evidence?p. 157
Chapter 9 Creative Innovation: Rearranging the Old to Make the Newp. 187
Chapter 10 Confidence: Dare to Failp. 217
Chapter 11 A Report Card for the 21st Centuryp. 247
Epilogue: What If? The Reprisep. 265
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 301
About the Authorsp. 313