Square Peg: My Story and What It Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers by L. Todd Rose with Katherine Ellison
Release date: 2013 / 256 pages
Synopsis(from Amazon): In the seventh grade, Todd Rose was suspended—not for the first time—for throwing six stink bombs at the blackboard, where his art teacher stood with his back to the class. At eighteen, he was a high school dropout, stocking shelves at a department store for $4.25 an hour. Today, Rose is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education...
Review: As a former high school teacher for fifteen years and current online facilitator for an associate’s program, I have read many books on educational reform. One element they (and everyone who’s ever been a student) agrees on is that the prevalent paradigm of traditional education no longer serves students in an effective and productive way. What distinguishes Square Peg is that it is both a book about reform AND a memoir – about how the author, L. Todd Rose, morphed from a high school dropout with a “rap sheet” a mile long to a Harvard graduate and professor.
Square Peg starts with a few of Rose’s most notorious high jinks and a diagnosis of ADHD and then demonstrates how a “series of at first seemingly random, yet always interrelated, circumstances and events” led him to great success. This alone would have resulted in an engaging and fascinating memoir – but a parent’s anguished plea for help with her own troubled son, also diagnosed with ADHD, led Rose to embark on finding a way to share his story in a way that would help others.
In Square Peg, Rose focuses on how the study of complex systems and recent neuroscience research can help parents and teachers better serve every student. In fact, when I finished this memoir, I wanted to give it to all of my friends who have children – none of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD. Rose explains convincingly how the role of context, emotion, and feedback loops are crucial to supporting any child’s journey to success. His own story is remarkable and inspiring, but any parent could benefit from Rose’s research — and the epilogue on recent educational advances that should better serve the needs of every child are not only fascinating, but will provide a benchmark for evaluating any school district’s innovation and dedication to current educational trends.
Square Peg is both informational and inspirational – as well as a darn good read – and will find it’s place on the shelves of educational reform and hopefully by the bedside of every parent.
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