Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lighting Their Fires

As a parent and an educator, one of my personal heroes is Rafe Esquith, an extraordinarily dedicated and gifted teacher and writer whose students are known worldwide for their achievements.

Last week I finished listening to the audio version of his latest book, Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World, which talks to parents and teachers about concrete, specific things they can do to help their children soar.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, along with his other works and the documentary about his classroom, The Hobart Shakespeareans, available to borrow from the public library.

While Esquith is a truly incredible human being who I can only dream of one day emulating, what shines through all his work is a deep humanity and desire to help children shine. If you are not already familiar with him, do yourself and your child a favor and check out his latest work.


benbes said...

sound like a good book, I will check it in my library, thank you for the tips.
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Laura Simeon said...

You're very welcome! Thanks for reading my blog!