Are you reading because you want to know how to raise brilliant children? Or are you reading because the headline sounds silly?
The title isn’t actually mine, I just borrowed it. Here’s the article, from NPR:
Why are we trying to raise brilliant children? And for whose benefit? I mean, is this really a priority for most of us? Who is the audience for this book? That’s what concerns me the most. The authors are both respected developmental psychologists. “According to science” refers to their academic research. This isn’t some kind of pop culture pablum.
But I am worried that these two academics have bought into the current over-parenting frenzy and allowed their work to be framed in a way that will sell the idea that a “brilliant” human being is some kind of project that a parent can execute, just by following the “six C’s” outlined in this book. It may startle some of their readers to find that the methods suggested by the authors don’t necessarily result in straight A’s or perfect SAT’s, because if you look at the cover art and the title, it certainly appears to be aimed at MIT-bound babies.
The authors argue that parents need to value principles like collaboration and critical thinking more than the traditional classroom focus of facts and grades. I’m all for that. I do think this conversation needs to take place within the context of education reform, however. I don’t see how trying to get your child to figure out red and green traffic lights during an extended conversation on the subject will “fix” what is wrong with rote-based learning in schools.
I think the headline is silly. And I think the title of the book is silly. I’d go for “how to raise happy children” or “how to raise empathetic children” myself.