This is so important. Our school system is good over all, but our son has already run into attempts to “fix” him. He is just like me…and just like his father…an introvert. He may or may not be on the autistim scale, but they say that is what is “wrong” with him. They insist he sat in a “pod” of four last year – and complained when his work was not what they expected. Complained that he resisted vociferously. Well, go figure – I don’t work well that way either. I can work as part of a team, but pushing it down my throat makes me rebel as well. Sigh. There is nothing WRONG with my son – he just doesn’t learn well that way. Actually he learned just fine DESPITE all of that because he is very bright. He will succeed despite the emphasis on “teams” and being “fixed”. School systems have GOT to realize that they are stifling a LOT of people, and losing a lot of kids that just learn and work differently.
What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.
Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.
Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…
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