Ohmygod, I Forgot the Highlighter!!!

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The book hasn't been out 24 hours, and these wonderful words were sent to me by KL in Denver:

"I am in the process of reading your book, and I think it is really well written and your information has already helped me become better at parenting.  I thank you for that, and so do my kids.  

"I think the book should come with a highlighter, since there are so many poignant pieces of information."  


Living in a college town (Madison, Wisconsin) I see the results of hothouse parenting and teach to the test schooling. Needless to say, those results aren't pretty.

This book is an important work because many in academia and business love trhe prospect of having a blindly obedient generation at their disposal-"career consultant" Penelope Trunk last week had the nerve to write in her Wisconsin State Journal column that the word "overachiever" applies to most millenials. How such garbage can be printed is beyond me. With the short term thinking that affects American society like the plague, leaders love the idea of an obedient over-medicated generation, forgetting the ramifications of not having enough innovators or creative people.

What we have created in this nation is a two-tiered system of caring about children, that is the poorest kids are ignored, and the middle class and wealthiest have their every need catered. With the class divide growing in the educational arena, we may soon see a clash between overrated graduates and under-appreciated "underachievers" who are often smarter than the college grads yet did not have access to the special tutoring, etc.. That won't be pretty trust me.

My complaints with the book, if you can even call it that, are technical at best. When the author sees a growing dislike of children, I actually see a growing dislike of their parents. Using prohibitionist Joseph Califano and CASA may be less than helpful as well-Califano for example neglects to mention the lower drinking ages in other societies and fails to mention that the bad behavior is not caused by alcohol, but by poorly raised kids who have their lack of skills amplified by alcohol. Simply blaming booze lets bad parents off the hook.

Those aside, this is a vitally important work. I for one do not look forward to working with this generation at all.

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