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The Biggest Job Well Ever Have: The Hyde School Program for Character-Based Education and Parenting

Gauld, Laura

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ISBN 10: 074321059X / ISBN 13: 9780743210591
Published by Scribner, 2003
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Title: The Biggest Job Well Ever Have: The Hyde ...

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Attitude over aptitude. Effort over achievement.
Character over talent.

In this groundbreaking book, Laura and Malcolm Gauld draw on their experience as parents and as educators at Hyde -- an organization of award-winning schools and programs -- to argue persuasively that true education springs not just from seeking good grades and achievements but from reestablishing a commitment to character, attitude, and purpose. Offering a new paradigm for reconnecting education with values, the Gaulds focus attention not on the child, but on the child's primary teacher -- the parent.
After explaining how enormous a parent's impact is on how children approach education and life, the Gaulds detail the Hyde program's 10 Priorities for meeting life's challenges so that any family can embrace them. Interspersed throughout are dozens of remarkable stories of Hyde parents and students; their funny, moving, and provocative anecdotes reveal that astonishing results are possible and that all children -- and their parents -- can exceed expectations and realize their full potential.


In this results-driven era of over-zealous soccer parents and SAT boot camps for kids, The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have offers parents and teachers a fresh and compelling message: a child's character is more important than his or her achievements. The authors are a teacher at and the CEO of the Hyde Schools, a group of private schools dedicated to character development and family growth. The Gaulds leverage their experiences to create a wise and workable manual for balancing character, achievement, and purpose in family life.

The book sharply contrasts "achievement culture" with "character culture" by providing 10 priorities for the development of a child's moral fiber. These include valuing "truth over harmony," "attitude over aptitude," and "principles over rules." Each priority is explored via crisp commentary, vivid stories from Hyde parents and students, family exercises, activities, and journaling assignments. One chapter describes ways for parents to explore their attraction to the achievement bias of our culture. This is a practical and persuasive book--one that will convince readers of the authors' credo: "Character is inspired, it is not imparted." --Barbara Mackoff

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