NYT Book Review: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

Visit Jessica Lahey’s webpage here.

Comments about the book:

(Disclaimer: I haven’t read it!)

“’The ugly and wonderful truth about middle school,’ [Lahey] says, is that ‘failure is not an if proposition, it’s a matter of when.’ Or it used to be. Now that parents shelter their children every step of the way, we have ‘failure deprived’ college students (as administrators at Stanford and Harvard call them) and entitled, anxious 20-somethings who can’t function in a world that’s sometimes cold or cruel or indifferent. So how can teachers snatch back their critical role and give children the necessary space to fail? They could start by making parents read Lahey.” (Read the rest of the review, in the August 23, 2015 edition of the New York Times here.)

“Finally, an antidote to the hysteria! Through an artful combination of anecdote and research, Jessica Lahey delivers a lesson that moms and dads badly need to learn and secretly wish to hear: That failure is vital to children’s success. Any parent who pines for a saner, more informed approach to child-rearing—to say nothing of a sounder night’s sleep—should read this book. A compassionate mother and dedicated educator, Jessica Lahey knows exactly, authentically, and authoritatively of what she speaks.” Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood


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