This is an amazing article about a very important issue. I had very encouraging parents growing up but school was sometimes an absolute nightmare for me. I leant to accept that I wasn’t like ‘everyone’ else a long time before I came across the quiet revolution but I know how hard it can be for introverts. These are some great ideas and they do need to be embraced in our schools so that more people can be as lucky as I have been and learn to embrace who they are and take advantage of their strengths.
What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.
Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.
Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…
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