With boldness, experience, and humor, education expert Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: when a serious problem arises at school, the fault more likely lies with the school (or the educational system itself) rather than with the child. Bauer invites us to examine the traditional K-12 school structure with her book Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education. She offers trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses and a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from learning differences, maturity differences, and toxic classroom environments. Join Bauer for a discussion of best practices in sane, humane parenting―negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects our children’s minds, emotions, and spirits.
Susan Wise Bauer is an educator and academic who taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for fifteen years and has worked with parents and students for over two decades. She is the author of the classic book on homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind, as well as other previous best-selling titles for Norton including The Well-Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, and the History of the World series.
Presented by Phinney Neighborhood Association and Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.