ATTITUDE OVER APTITUDE.
EFFORT OVER ACHIEVEMENT.
CHARACTER OVER TALENT.
For families, educators, corporations, and communities, The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have is nothing less than a new paradigm for reconnecting education with core values. With more than thirty-five years' experience at Hyde, an organization of internationally known, award-winning schools and programs, Laura and Malcolm Gauld argue persuasively that true education for our children springs not just from seeking good grades and achievements but from reestablishing a true commitment to character, attitude, and a sense of purpose.
The Hyde program emphasizes ten core beliefs -- the school's 10 Priorities -- that address how families can find the right balance between character and achievement. The results have been nothing short of astonishing: Children of all abilities and from every background have succeeded far beyond any expectations of them, both personally and academically, thanks to what they and their families have learned at Hyde.
Unlike other education books that focus on the child, The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have focuses on a child's primary teacher -- the parent. The Gaulds explain that parents have an enormous impact on how their children approach education and life. They describe how parents can enhance their children's education by improving family dynamics and introducing honesty into all aspects of family life. And they detail the 10 Priorities clearly and logically, so that any family can embrace them.
But that's only part of this book's appeal. Perhaps its true power comes from the dozens of Hyde parents and students who willingly share their own remarkable stories -- honest, funny, sad, moving, provocative -- that attest to the transformational power of the Hyde philosophy.
Being a parent and a child today isn't easy; so much that we thought was important simply is not. As parents and educators, Laura and Malcolm Gauld believe that the way to motivate kids and build stronger families is to focus on identifying what is truly important. In The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have, they do exactly that.
Patrick Lencioni president, The Table Group, and author of The Five Temptations of a CEO This is one of the most profound and important books I have ever read. If every parent could apply these principles, not only would their children and families be healthier, but so would our society. A must-read for anyone interested in overcoming mediocrity.
Warren Bennis Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and author of Managing the Dream From my fifty years of studying virtuous leadership, one single factor stands out: character. It is only character that counts in leadership and maturity. The Hyde Schools know how it's learned and developed. The Gaulds' book incarnates with eloquent and moving language how Hyde achieves its miracles.
Charlene C. Giannetti coauthor of The Roller-Coaster Years, Parenting 911, and Cliques The Gaulds have taken the Hyde School's program for character-based education and written an accessible manual. When parents work on their own character, children are inspired to follow. Any parent eager to tackle the "biggest job" should consider this book required reading.
Pearl Rock Kane director, The Klingenstein Center Teachers College, Columbia University, and editor of The First Year of Teaching and Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers Expert educators Laura and Malcolm Gauld challenge parents to consider the values they treasure, and they offer parents clear guidelines on how to develop those values in their children. The authors also provide a forum for parents and teachers to work in concert to achieve the results that matter most in life. Few books are as powerful in speaking to the hearts of parents and teachers.
John Hiatt singer-songwriter Laura and Malcolm Gauld have written an excellent book. It condenses the principles and concepts of the Hyde School, a curriculum that has been revolutionizing the connection between parenting and education for the past thirty-five years. The truth will set you free, indeed. If you have a child, read this book.
Kevin Ryan, Ph.D. professor and director emeritus, The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character, Boston University, and author of Building Character in Schools This book is a treasure trove of wisdom and practical know-how for both parents and educators. This book comes out of the heads, hearts, and guts of the people who have built one of America's great schools. It is a highly readable blueprint for raising and educating strong children of character.
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