A welcome entry in the “movement to change the culture of education and to help support the first educators: parents.”
Wojcicki (co-author: Moonshots in Education: Blended Learning in the Classroom, 2015) is no stranger to raising successful children: One daughter is the CEO of YouTube, another is the CEO of 23andMe, and the third is a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition, the author has been teaching journalism to high school students for almost four decades and has seen her “kids” blossom under her guidance. Here, she compiles her knowledge into an accessible guidebook for parents, teachers, and others involved in nurturing a child’s or adolescent’s development. “We’ve made parenting into an incredibly complicated, unintuitive endeavor, filled with fear and self-doubt,” writes the author. “We’re stressed out because we’ve become slaves to our children’s happiness….We are the ones who are creating this frantic, overly competitive world for our kids. In truth, parenting is really quite simple—as long as we rediscover the basic principles that allow children to thrive in homes, in schools, and in life.” For the author, these basic principles include trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Though straightforward, these principles, when combined and applied judiciously, have the potential to help children to thrive and parents to relax. In many ways, Wojcicki’s TRICK approach is a throwback to the type of parenting that characterized the generations before the digital age and the rise of helicopter parents and tiger moms. The author illustrates her points with examples from both her personal and professional lives (she founded the media arts program at Palo Alto High School and launched the Google Teachers Academy), which helps readers incorporate them into their daily routines.
Simple, down-to-earth techniques to help shape children into responsible, independent, kind individuals with the capabilities to become successful at whatever endeavor they may try.