NurtureShock

NurtureShock

New Thinking About Children

eBook - 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 ebook ed.
ISBN: 9780446563321
0446563323
Characteristics: 259 p.
Additional Contributors: Merryman, Ashley
Alternative Title: Nurture shock

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SarahF2001
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.

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Kasimir
Mar 05, 2013

Recommended by Barb in 2012.

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ELIZABETHCAMPBELL
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

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Rachels_FYI
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.

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dalesj
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.

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kmos
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.

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cmwiersma
Jun 25, 2011

Very informative read!

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