Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

"Now, Discover Your Strengths"

is the title of a book I just bought for my birthday. It's written by Marcus Buckingham of Gallup, Inc. and Donald O. Clifton (named the Father of Strengths Psychology by the American Psychological Association).

There are many quotable quotes from the book which also outline the basic idea of the book:
  • "Most organizations are built on two flawed assumptions about people:
    1. Each person can learn to be competent in almost anything.
    2. Each person's greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness."

    [On the other hand,] "these are the assumptions that guide the world's best managers:
    1. Each person's talents are unique and enduring.
    2. Each person's greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength."

  • "The real tragedy of life is not that each of us doesn't have enough strengths, it's that we fail to use the ones we have."

  • "This is probably what school should be like: a focused hunt for a child's areas of greatest potential."

  • And the motto of the book, "capitalize on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses."

Manisha and I completely agree with this philosophy and we plan to use it to guide our homeschooling.


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