Hothouse Kids: Book summary and reviews of Hothouse Kids by Alissa Quart

Hothouse Kids

The Dilemma of the Gifted Child

by Alissa Quart

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Hothouse Kids by Alissa Quart

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Alissa Quart breaks the news about an issue that will be of urgent concern to parents and educators as well as adult readers with "gifted" pasts: the dilemma of the gifted child. While studies show that children who are superior learners do benefit from enriched early education, the intensely competitive lives of America's gifted and talented kids do have risks. The pressure can have long-term effects in adult life, from debilitating perfectionism to performance anxiety and lifelong feelings of failure. How should parents and educators draw the line? How much enrichment is too much, and how much is too little? What are we doing to our gifted kids? Alissa Quart's penetrating in-depth examination provides a much-needed wake-up call that will spark a national debate about this urgent issue.

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"Starred review. She turns in a remarkably evenhanded analysis and argues for "multiple intelligences" and enrichment for "strong learners" in public schools. Quart's second book is first-class literary journalism." - PW.
"..... filled with sweeping generalizations based on a cursory examination of anecdotal evidence, limited personal experience, and a selected few works in the field. Parents seeking advice on how to raise their gifted or talented child will not find it here." - Library Journal.
"A challenging read for educators and parents alike." - Kirkus.

Note: Quart is also the author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers.

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