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Beautiful Failures by [Clark, Lucy]
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Length: 251 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I want to tell you a story about my daughter, my beautiful failure. Every day of her high school life was a struggle. She woke up in the morning and the thought of going to school was like an enormous mountain to climb.

'Nothing will ever be as easy as your school years,' well-meaning adults told her, but I knew for my daughter, and for many kids who have struggled as square pegs trying to make themselves round, this was dead wrong.

When Lucy Clark's daughter graduated from school a 'failure', she started asking questions about the way we measure success. Why is there so much pressure on kids today? Where does it come from? Most importantly, as we seem to be in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety, how can we reduce that pressure?

Beautiful Failures explores, through personal experience and journalistic investigation, a broken education system that fails too many kids and puts terrible pressure on all kids, including those who 'succeed'. It challenges accepted wisdoms about schooling, calls on parents to examine their own expectations, and questions the purpose of education, and indeed the purpose of childhood.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (27 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AV416NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author of “Beautiful Failures”, Lucy Clark has done a commendable job of insightfully presenting the problems associated with contemporary education systems in general. Sadly, many leaders of education, who are in decision- making positions, are not able to see the prevailing systems with this level of breadth and penetration. Hopefully, this book with many references to research revelations will become an eye opener to many educational policy- makers around the world to direct our planet in the right direction with some conscientious efforts. Education, in this book, is viewed broadly through which every human being can become a positive contributor to sustainable social developments, as opposed to narrowly focussing on merely getting employed at the end of a hectic and tiring race. That is, holistic human development into self-actualised individuals should be the goal of education as numerous researchers and philosophers referred to in the book have pointed out, rather than pushing them on a narrow path of one-sided development, devoid of empathy, compassion, wisdom and such multidimensional perspectives. Lucy rightly highlights the negative impacts of highly competitive “one size fits all” environments in which the theory of the survival of the fittest prevails, sacrificing the well-being of all students, including the ones who emerge triumphant through the prevailing system. The key performance indicators, as highlighted, of the existing systems are the rising number of cases of mental illness, suicides, dropouts or disengagements and reliance on drugs and alcohol etc. Thank you, Lucy for raising a voice as a mother, on many concerns shared undoubtedly by numerous other parents around the world. I recommend this book for every educator, at all levels, and parent in order to be insightfully informed of the status quo.
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By Jim KABLE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 September 2016
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I have highlighted something on just about every page - "Amen!" "D'accord!" "Exactly!" "Yes!" A parent's love for her daughter sends her on a search for the better way - not only within Australia but in places around the world - as far as Finland. The system in Australia has to change. I suggest every politician including especially ministers and prime ministers be removed from being able to be involved in implementing any educational policy which has not been identified by and endorsed by educational professionals - teachers and educational officers - curriculum writers, syllabus developers - and so forth. But not politicians! And funding must only go to public/state schools!
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This was real insight into the pressure that the present education system puts on our students. If you don't fit into the system then there is no way to succeed and we are loosing talented students. Also the tragedy of the suicides from the pressure put onto some students who feel they can't cope. Thank you Lucy Clarke for this book giving such valuable information to all of us. Hopefully it will make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful book about redefining success 29 June 2016
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This book is engaging and affirms creative and individual thinking. Sometimes I didn't agree with the author, there are straw men she builds then knocks down, but the overall book is clear and valuable, helped me think through some questions about success and education, and is especially relevant to anyone with young children considering their place in the world. It's also beautifully written.