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Bookshelf for August 2018

August 13, 2018
By Ed Hollinger

Head of School Book Shelf


A sample of what Head of School Ed Hollinger is reading right now...

“Reclaiming Conversation:  The Power of Talk in a Digital Age”, by Sherry Turkle.

In the current digital age, says Turkle,  we’re far more connected than we’ve ever been yet we’ve lost something significant.  We’ve sacrificed the art of conversation, that central element of our humanness that fosters empathy and presence with each other.   Turkle shares her research, insights and suggestions of how we can reclaim the art of conversation; before we lose it to the digital intrusions of our everyday world.

“Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth.

Duckworth’s research reveals that what drives success, in life and learning, is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.  In other words, what’s really important in determining success is not one’s IQ.  Rather, one’s work ethic, determination and response to failure prove to be far more significant factors in determining the level of success we experience in school and our work.  

“Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, by Susan Cain.

Exroversion is over-rated, claims author Susan Cain, whose premise is that our society tends to under-value the importance of quiet reflection, introspection and silence.  From education to business to leadership, it’s often the extroverts that over-power and gain attention.  But this is at our peril, claims Cain, as she charts the many contributions introverts bring to our world and the many advantages and enrichments that a quiet, thoughtful spirit can bring to our lives and experiences.

“Quiet Power:  The Secret Strengths of Introverts," by Susan Cain.  

This follows “Quiet”, with practical ways to celebrate introversion for young people - at school, at home, and when socializing.  She explores the notions of being quiet leaders, changing the world in quiet ways and being quietly adventurous. She concludes with tips for parents and teachers on supporting an introverted child.