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What the Gillispie Learning Community is Reading

October 28, 2010

Hello Families and Friends, At the recent grade-level coffees, parents asked if I would share the titles of some of the books teachers and administration have been reading to support their work at Gillispie. Best Friend, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill Grace will be reviewed in this space by faculty member Susan Adams next week. Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman offers intriguing insights on seemingly disparate topics such as “Can Self Control be Taught?” and “Why White Parents Don’t Talk about Race.” Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting by Carl Honoré looks cross-culturally at the “micro-managed child” and how a balance needs to be regained for students to feel less anxious and more self directed. Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences by Leonard Sax is an excellent read whether you have only boys, girls, or some of each. Enjoy! Alison Fleming Head of School
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