How to teach a young introvert

Featured Image -- 1877In “Suddenly it’s fashionable to be an introvert”  I discussed the campaign in America to make people aware that introversion is “normal”. The article I’m reblogging here continues that discussion, this time focussing on how  introverts should be educated.
I’m glad I didn’t grow up in an age when children did assignments in “pods”. This sounds like moving at the speed of the slowest individual. I’d have died of boredom.

Imagine if sports were taught that way. How would the natural athletes feel about never getting to deliver their best performance?

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What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.

Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.

Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…

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