In our competitive, digital world, parenting has become increasingly goal-oriented. Teens and parents alike are plagued by anxiety arising from the ultra-competitive college admissions process. Debates rage over best practices for guaranteeing prestigious Ivy-League admissions, and the age-old question of nature versus nurture still sparks battles among scientists, educators and parents. In this charged environment, how do we insulate our children against the forces of college frenzy, achievement mania and media explosion and still ignite the passion for learning and life that will bring them success? From her perspective as an educator, college counselor, parent and grandparent, Judy Muir uses the latest neuro-scientific findings to provide a voice of reason in the heated debate. She reminds us that-whether we act in the name of ego, fear or love-our children are not science projects to manipulate for optimum results. Each child is born with a specific set of genes. Only through understanding how these genes wire the brain can we create the environments that allow our children to attain the greatest genetic flourish possible. When we understand the real relationship between experience and the brain, we can help teens maximize their potential without harming them.
educational consultant, she works with college-bound students throughout the world. Muir has worked with several respected independent schools in the Houston area, including the Village school, Emery-Weiner High School, the Briarwood School, Duchesne Academy, and the Kinkaid School. Muir holds her Ed. M.from Harvard in Mind, Brain and Education, an interdisciplinary program that investigates cognitive development, genetics and neuroscience from infancy through early adulthood and their relationship to learning and education. Additionally, she serves as a research assistant to Dr. Gerard Berry of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School translating scientific research for public understanding. Muir combines her knowledge of education and neuroscience in her theories of neuro-parenting. She uses innovative techniques to help parents and students achieve their educational goals while maintaining healthy, meaningful lives. Muir and her husband Robert live in Houston, Texas, and have three children and eight grandchildren.L. TODD ROSE, ED.D. is a research scientist with CAST, a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience and serves as Co-Chair, Institute for Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education. His work is organized around six themes: human variability; course design and pedagogy in higher education; adaptive learning analytics; interdisciplinary thinking; the synergistic relationship between neuroscience, technology, and design in education; and the application of dynamic systems models to the study of behavior, learning, and development. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.