Creating Capable Kids
Twelve Skills That Will Help Kids Succeed in School and Life
by Bruce Howlett and Caitlin Howlett
Here is a compelling, thought provoking and practical guide to parenting and educating today's children. It is derived from Amartya Sen's Nobel Prize-winning approach to human development, which has proven highly effective at freeing people from the chains of poverty. Educators Bruce Howlett and Caitlin Howlett apply Sen's approach to child development at home and in school and offer fresh, effective ways to rescue parenting and revive education, while providing parents, teachers and caregivers with a proven foundation for creating rewarding childhoods, academic success and fulfilling lives.
By incorporating the twelve key capabilities, such as sensory awareness, creative imagination, emotional and self-awareness, parents and educators can promote the three most critical tools for children's survival and success: continuous learning, problem solving and increased knowledge and meaning. Using stories of three different types of children, the authors demonstrate the value of life and of the "Capabilities Approach" theory on how to cultivate inquisitive, actively-engaged, motivated, perceptive and resilient children.
"Whether you’re homeschooling, choosing alternative educational methods, or your kids
go to public school, this book will be relevant for you if you’re interested in educating
and guiding the whole child. Warmly recommended!"
— Holistic Parenting Magazine
"...a compelling, thought-provoking and prectical guide to parenting and educating
— Midwest Book Review
"...fresh, effective ways to rescue children who are struggling in school and at
home...this book could be the answer to many a frustrated parent’s questions."
— Bookviews by Alan Caruba
Bruce Howlett, a former biological researcher at Cornell University, has over two decades of teaching experience that includes working in settings as diverse as a Montessori primary school and a residential school for emotionally-disturbed teens. For the last twelve years, he has been an elementary school special education teacher and has founded two educational technology companies, Sound Reading Solutions and Mind4Learning, which span the gap between cognitive research and the classroom. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Caitlin Howlett has a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Oregon, where she studied the effects of social and economic inequality on students' outcomes and educational experiences, and she is attending Indiana University in pursuit of a PhD in Philosophy of Education with a minor in Gender Studies. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Nonfiction, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages
Family and Relationships/Parenting
LC# 2014950549, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-497-0 (pb), $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-498-7 (eBook), $15.95