SOCIAL SCIENCES

You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education

Robinson, Sir Ken & . Viking. Mar. 2018. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9780670016723. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698142855. ED
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Robinson, a highly respected author and lecturer who has tackled many elements of education reform, now directs his attention to parents and other caregivers. It is clear that adults play significant roles in how their children are educated, and Robinson uses this work, coauthored with Aronica, to encourage adults to be active and critical participants. Throughout, Robinson offers sound advice on what counts as a good education and provides practical ways to help make sure any child gets one. The focus on understanding who each child is as an individual and helping them to find their own spark of genius is an empowering stance for parents to embrace. Discussions include outlines of adult expectations and children's needs given in a conversational, approachable tone. While Robinson's biases toward creative schools and whole-child programs are evident, he offers an honest view of all the options available, giving adults the tools and insights they need to find schooling that is the best fit for each individual child.
VERDICT For adults who are looking for ways to use schooling to help their children achieve happy, constructive lives.

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