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Prepared

What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Narrated by: Pamela Dillman
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

A blueprint for how parents can stop worrying about their children’s future and start helping them prepare for it, from the cofounder and CEO of one of America’s most innovative public-school networks

Bill Gates' Holiday Reading List

"A treasure trove of deeply practical wisdom that accords with everything I know about how children thrive." (Angela Duckworth, New York Times best-selling author of Grit)

An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner cofounded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren’t focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, students spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life.

Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across 38 states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model.

Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit’s exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.

Advance praise for Prepared

"In a world filled with lots of parenting advice, Prepared cuts through the noise, offering a no-nonsense guide for raising curious, confident kids. Diane shares the secret sauce behind Summit’s success and how we can make sure that all kids can have the same opportunity." (Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools)

"Prepared is compelling and actionable. It tells the story of why we all must do this work. We must prepare every child, not allow luck or circumstance to dictate their future - and ours." (Dr. Priscilla Chan, CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pediatrician, and mother)

"Diane Tavenner is one of the leading thinkers in education today - her energy and insights are infectious. There is no one better to think big about what kids need, and who can roll up her sleeves to make it happen." (Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy)

©2019 Diane Tavenner (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Diane Tavenner is in a class by herself. But now, fortunately, we can all sit in her classroom by reading this book.” (Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance)

“With Prepared, Diane shows us that we don’t have to choose between success and fulfillment for our children. They can have both. Diane created the kind of schools we all want for our kids - schools that combine rigorous academics with real-world experiences and give our children the opportunity to figure out who they are, understand what motivates them, and know how to achieve it.” (Todd Rose, director of Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The End of Average and Dark Horse)

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  • 08-01-20

A must read for all parents to be.<br />

Great book, there are a lot of tricks and tips on how to understand you child behaviour, how to guide and how to be a mentor for him/her.

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One of the very best books I have ever listened to

the book starts describing the schooling system in America and Dianne's experience as a teacher. Slowly, the books shifts from the founding history of Summit, the private schooling system that Dianne helped found and manages, to describing a philosophy to teach and raise prepared adults. I found that the last chapters are the best and really eye openers.
After listening to this book I also learned a lot about myself and my career choices.

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  • WTN
  • 15-01-20

I wish that I had read this book 10 years ago

Having 2 children 1 who is about to graduate from high school and one who is in college I wish that I had read this book years ago. I found the discussions on a how to mentor your child very insightful

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  • Emmanouil Brilakis
  • 11-01-20

Terrible messages

I saw this was on Bill Gates’ recommended list so got it - it’s a soap box for Summit schools supported by the Gates Foundation. This book has little depth but reminds me of the problems of today’s school system. Everything has to be fun - so all learning is group-based “project-based learning.” I agree you have to know the relevance of your work but you also have to sit down and get work done. Memorize and study. The author, who started Summit, defends that kids don’t have a textbook but instead learn by videos. How does that prepare you for real world. And one kid tried a computer programming internship but didn’t like it because he only likes working in teams. My interpretation - he has no idea how to sit down and do work on his own. How can we compete with kids from China, Korea, or India if kids here are so spoon faced and avoid the hard work of studying, memorizing, referencing text books. The author didn’t let her son do traditional martial arts because it is competitive with tests and winners. She says in multiple examples everyone is a winner and there should be no test to say otherwise. For instance everyone in a class pops balloons and is disappointed to learn the lesson is there is no winner. Is our bar in the U.S. this low? This is not just about a school for at-risk youth this is the mentality of the next generation that leaves us eating the dust of other countrys’ success. I had to stop listening.

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  • Alex Cottier
  • 11-01-20

Great resources

I am not a parent yet but u am terrified at the thought of helping my future children navigate the US school system. I hated school. I wasn’t any good and it really took a toll on my self esteem. This book is a great tool to help navigate conventional schooling and learning. Styles. I’m excited to visit their website for more help.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06-01-20

the best

i loved every minute.amazing truths. why aren't all schools like this. lots of idea to put to use with my kids

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  • Garrett Hampton
  • 03-01-20

Great Book About Education

Amazing story about how we look at education and what it takes to prepare our children for a fulfilled life.

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  • D. Sooley
  • 22-12-19

Excellent Narration & Challenging Book

This book is impeccably narrated which makes it that much better in regard to content.

In this world where education is still based on a 200+ year old, agrarian logic...this is a refreshing look at education and actually preparing today's youth for a world of mobile data and 10 second realities.

I read this because it was on Bill Gates' list and really glad that I picked it up. I plan on implementing some of this logic into my volunteer work that I do in local schools.

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  • Hanif
  • 20-12-19

Every parent and educator should read this.

As a parent I loved this book! Not only is there practical advice but I think if enough parents read this it could be the start of an education revolution!

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  • Jesse O.
  • 19-12-19

Great book for educators and parents alike!

This is a really good book and makes people rethink how we raise and teach our kids. Imo, it has no new or fancy information; I found that a lot of the ideas weren't new or crazy, but still great to learn how it's implemented.