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December 9, 2009

During our stay in Jacksonville, I read through Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell.  In the book, he refers to a parenting strategy called “concerted cultivation,” which instills in children a belief that “if you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”  (I never knew this approach had an academic name!)  Gladwell connects this type of upbringing with future success, also highlighting the value of “practical intelligence” (a fancy term for social savvy and street smarts).  Although I constantly worry over the educational shortcomings of this sixth grade year, I know we’re getting these two things right, and that seems to make a big difference in the end.

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