In our competitive, digital world, parenting has become increasingly goal oriented. Teens and parents alike are plagued by anxiety arising from the ultra-competitive college admissions process. In this charged environment, how do we insulate our children against the forces of college frenzy, achievement mania, and media explosion and still ignite the passion for learning and life that will bring them success? From her perspective as an educator, college counsellor, parent, and grandparent, Judy Muir uses the latest neuroscientific findings to provide a voice of reason in the heated debate. She reminds us that our children are not science projects to manipulate for optimum results. Each child is born with a specific set of genes. Only through understanding how these genes wire the brain can we create the environments that allow our children to attain the greatest genetic flourish possible. When we understand the real relationship between experience and the brain, we can help teens maximise their potential without harming them.
Judith Muir is an educational consultant and works with college-bound students throughout the world. She has worked with several respected independent schools in the Houston area. She holds an Ed. M. from Harvard in mind, brain, and education, an interdisciplinary program that investigates cognitive development, genetics, and neuroscience from infancy through early adulthood, and their relationship to learning and education. She uses innovative techniques to help parents and students achieve their educational goals while maintaining healthy, meaningful lives. Gerard Berry, MD, is one of the nation's leading specialists in the study and treatment of galactosemia. He is director of the Metabolism Program at Boston Children's Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University and a fellowship in biochemical genetics and pediatric endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in biochemical genetics, pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.