Posted: September 22, 2016 | Author: Yorkshire Academy

Six years ago, the New York Times Magazine journalist Paul Tough published a book titled How Children Succeed that argues that the constant obsession with increasing student scores in reading and math misses most of what matters in education. Instead, character traits like grit, curiosity, persistence and self-control are the keys to success in school, college and life. This book spoke to Shirley Swinbank, like no other. Why? She’s been reading books like this for her whole career, but favors this book because it’s so concise, taking into account the research from the past four decades on this topic, and making sense of it.

Character is the product of environments in which children form strong, secure attachments to teachers and caregivers, and are taught in ways that stimulate their autonomy and ability to solve problems. However, teaching these skills is not as intuitive as one might think! 

At Yorkshire, teachers are reading and discussing this book and sharing ways to further promote these character traits. Please join the staff and Shirley in reading this book to learn how to nurture these traits in your own children! While reading the book, ask yourself, “How do you define success?” “How does your personal ‘success’ roadmap impact how you parent your children?”

Join us October 28

Shirley is excited to host two sessions discussing this book and sharing various methods you can employ at home! Her first session is Friday, October 28, 2016. To accommodate parent’s schedules, she will meet at 7:00 a.m. and again, at noon.