Ten Schools, Three Districts, One Community of Readers

Book Cover:  The Gift of Failure
  • Join the learning by reading this year’s One Community of Learners District Read: 

    The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

    By Jessica Lahey

      

    Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

     

  • Book Talk Dates:  Join us for conversation and discussion about the text. This is an opportunity to engage in shared learning and dialogue with others who read the book. Copies of the book will be available for loan in each of the ten school's libraries as well as the Northborough Public Library and Southborough Public Library by Friday, September 6, 2019.

     

    Book Group Session One:

    Where:  Algonquin Regional High School Library

    When:   Monday, October 28, 2019,  from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Who:     Anyone who is interested in discussing the book and extending their learning

     

    Book Group Session Two:

    Where:  Algonquin Regional High School Library

    When:   Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Who:     Anyone who is interested in discussing the book and extending their learning

     

  • More about the book:

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
     

    The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

    In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.

    Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.

    Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom.

    Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

     

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