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October 12, 2006
For Immediate Release
All Children Are Born Gifted, but Most Lose Their Way
Why do so many drop out when kids diagnosed with ADHD can succeed
in college before finishing elementary school? Can our schools teach
Almost five million children drop out or fail to enroll in high
school each year. One child out of twelve goes to school medicated
for a learning disability. Diagnoses of autism and ADHD are on the
rise. Even children identified as gifted and talented often have
no way to use their gifts in school. Our one-size-fits-all educational
system cannot address the varied needs of today's kids. The current
system was designed over 120 years ago to turn farm children into
assembly-line workers for the Industrial Revolution. Today's kids
are of the Information Age, an age of electronics and fast media.
They have different needs. Today's schools are not meeting them;
parents and educators are looking for answers.
The Call to Brilliance, a new book by award-winning educator
Resa Steindel Brown, describes the first successful school model
where all children excel. In this book, Brown reveals the insider
truth behind our educational system. "The fact is," says Brown,
"all children are born brilliant. If we would stop processing our
children in an assembly-line fashion, and search for every child's
interests, talents and passions, we would find them. All children
would succeed, none would drop out and many learning disabilities
would become irrelevant."
The book challenges current educational practices with true-life
experiences. Brown's sons, unable to read until ages nine and ten,
entered college in electronics and computer sciences at eleven and
twelve. By fourteen, one was a system administrator for Warner Bros.
By fifteen, the other became the chief technology officer of an
online sports magazine with over sixty sales reps. Brown's children
were not atypical.
The Call to Brilliance abounds in the success stories of
children who did not fit into our current structure. From the programs
Brown created, these children trained with the Berlin Opera, created
digital images used in the film "Lord of the Rings," presented software
solutions to TRW, Pacific Bell, Industrial Light & Magic, NSA, Sony,
and more, all before the age of eighteen-and all in a pressure-free
environment. They were never tested and received no homework. Instead
they spent half a day, every day, playing, climbing trees, creating,
inventing, learning to pursue their passions and talents.
The Call to Brilliance is based on Brown's thirty-six years
of experience in education. It shows parents and educators how to
redirect their children's challenges into strengths, discover their
children's interests, fuel their interests into passions and their
passions into brilliance. "When we break away from a one-size-fits-all
education, children start to manifest amazing gifts past their age
or grade level," Brown explains.
Brown's work as an educator has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC,
CBS, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the
LA Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
Brown maintains elementary, secondary and university level teaching
credentials. She currently runs the homeschool program she created
for the Las Virgenes School District in Southern California.
The Call to Brilliance ($17.95, ISBN13 9-780977-836901)
will be published in January 2007. William Glasser, M.D., author
of Choice Theory, has written the foreword and Joseph Chilton
Pearce, author of Magical Child, the introduction. Resa is
available for interviews and events by contacting matt
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