"Noted educator and novelist Terry Roberts performs in The New Smart a high-wire trifecta: sketching an insightful/persuasive portrait of life in the mid-21st century; identifying traits and skills essential to navigating that transformed world; and listing the educational moves we must make now to enable today's young people to thrive a generation or two hence. This indispensable book will be required reading on my syllabus--and that of many other college and high-school educators who teach classes on society, politics, education, and culture." - Provost of Wake Forest University
Field Expert: As the Director of the National Paideia Center, Dr. Terry Roberts has a built in audience for his book. He is a recognizable entity in the educational community. Educational and Child Psychology: This is a hot topic right now, with parents and educators always looking for new ways to engage children in both classroom settings and the home. Forward by Howard Gardner: Howard Gardner is the developmental psychologist best-known for this theory of multiple intelligences presented in his groundbreaking book Frames of Mind. He is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In their world, neither static definitions of intelligence nor traditional ideas of training stand us in good stead. Rather, we need to reframe the question given what lies before us and come to terms with a different answer posited in different language. This, then, are those who will thrive in the 21st Century: They will blend multiple intelligences in a way that might be described assynthetic or even symphonic; self-obsessed They will value asynchrony and even seek it out They will use their own marginality to generate novel perspective and new work They willexhibit a steadfast resilience in all phases of life; and they will be measured by what they produce over the course of a lifetime, not by any static notion of capacity or quotient. In the fractured environment of the 21st century, true success will be unique and unexpected--the result of a creative response to complex, shifting challenges. So, how do we prepare? How do we educate ourselves and our children for life in 2050?
Who will thrive in the year 2050? The New Smart is a riveting study of the kinds of minds that will succeed in the 21st century. As it turns out, the key ingredient for all aspects of life is not traditional IQ but creativity. In Dr. Terry Roberts' newest book he presents readers with a 21st century exploration into intelligence and creativity. The New Smart argues that the old notion of intelligence as a static quotient has ceased to mean much of value. Being smart, especially as it's related to test scores and school grades, has less and less to do with success in contemporary life. Both these words and the ideas they represent are worn out. Our new age demands something much more fluid, much more resilient--much more creative. In this book, we ask who will thrive in the future? And by reframing the question, we arrive at the following profile of successful creators: They will blend multiple intelligences in a way that might be described as synthetic or even symphonic They will be ambitious and focused without being self-obsessed They will value asynchrony and even seek it out They will use their own marginality to generate novel perspective and new work They will exhibit a steadfast resilience in all phases of life They will be measured by what they produce over the course of their lives, not by any static notion of capacity or quotient The New Smart asks how we re-train ourselves and educate our children for a life that demands such creativity. It provides a clear roadmap away from standardized schools producing standardized minds and describes in detail why creative is The New Smart .
Terry Roberts offers educators and the schools they love a road map away from the standardized testing for standardized minds agenda. Using both research on cognitive development and examples from actual schools, accessible to parents, educators, and even students, this volume should become an owner's manual for the schools we need both today and tomorrow.--George Wood, author of Schools That Work
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