Through the Education Lens

Parents & the homework blues. Forget the flash cards . . .

CJ Westerberg, April 19, 2011 6:24 PM


Be There

 5-Minute Video Below

"Let's not forget the emotional connection
between teacher and student."

"Parents . . . need to be there to provide living examples
of how to cope with the problems of the world 
so their children
can develop unconscious models in their own heads. . ."
- David Brooks

by C.J. Westerberg

A highly recommended book is "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement" by David Brooks, author and conservative columnist for The New York Times.

Check out this 5- minute video below, which humorously illustrates the battle over homework (too true!), while reminding us of the power of families and parents, with regard to our children's healthy development, education, and "achievement."

The insight into Harold's backpack (one of the lead characters in Brooks' book), is a moment to savor early on in the clip - one wonders how Brooks got it so right.  We also added a TED video and a link to his interview on Charlie Rose when you have the time.  

The book is a game-changer in that it mashes the genres of education, culture, parenting,
psychology, and brain development.
DavidBrooks.TheSocialAnimal.jpg Add to this mix, politics and business, wrapped in a non-fiction and fiction combo hybrid package.

Whew.  Quite the silo-breaker. 

Brooks also crushes education policy by saying how policy-makers re-arrange the bureaucratic boxes in education every 30 years to no
avail . . . partly because
we do not take into account "the emotional connection between a teacher and a student."

Well said, David.  Teachers are found
everywhere, whether they be parents,  teachers in the school setting, or  mentors.

Videos Below
#1 - 5-Minute about homework, parenting
#2   David Brooks TED talk

David Brooks on Charlie Rose
Orig. Published The Daily Riff 4/4/11

  • Cathy Buyrn

    I swear I have a Harold in my house. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. It would be so nice to strip away the insanity of some of our routines and practices when it comes to school. There is such a thing as "family friendly" homework. It can go a long way to improving the motivation of students and fostering meaningful connections between home and school.

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