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A Veteran Educator's Guide to Raising Children

Z. Vance Wilson

In vibrant prose, Z. Vance Wilson offers insight to anyone, whether parent or teacher, responsible for guiding children on the joyous, difficult, and ever-unpredictable path to becoming their best selves intellectually, socially, morally, and spiritually. With judiciousness, good will, and humor (all sharpened as head of a leading boys' school in Washington, D.C.), Wilson puts forth a clear set of principles, both practical and idealistic, for adults directing children toward wisdom and joy. An award-winning novelist, Wilson draws on colorful tales from his childhood in the American south, rousing episodes in history, and a remarkable assortment of poems, novels, and biblical readings, to illustrate the challenges children face and to illuminate the ways adults may best reach and teach them. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 120Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-2776-7 • Hardback • October 2016 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
978-1-4758-2777-4 • eBook • October 2016 • $24.99 • (£15.95)
Z. Vance Wilson has served as headmaster of St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. since 1999. A graduate of Yale University with degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Virginia, he previously taught and served as an administrator at the Lovett School in Atlanta, the Asheville School in Asheville, NC, the Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, WI, the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD. He is the author of They Took Their Stand: The Integration of Southern Private Schools and an award-winning novel, The Quick and the Dead, and he has coauthored two books on curriculum issues, Paths to New Curriculum and Taking Measure.
Part 1: Encouraging Heroism
Chapter 1: A Humane Intelligence
Chapter 2: Anonymous Heroism
Chapter 3: Toughness
Chapter 4: Band of Brothers
Chapter 5: Eighth Grade
Part 2: Parenting
Chapter 6: A Boy’s Voice
Chapter 7: The Hours
Chapter 8: The Quality of Being There
Chapter 9: Too Much of a Good Thing
Chapter 10: Let the Rumpus Begin
Chapter 11: On SpecializationPart 3: Looking Inward: The Spiritual
Chapter 12: An Eternal Present
Chapter 13: A Prophet in his Own Homeland
Chapter 14: A Rough Coming
Chapter 15: Silence
Chapter 16: Rhythm: Keeping A Difficult Balance
Chapter 17: Mark Each Day
Chapter 18: The Road to Emmaus: A Language of God
Chapter 19: Faith, Vocation, and Work
Part 4: Looking Outward: Service
Chapter 20: For God and for the State
Chapter 21: I Will Sing Unto the Lord
Chapter 22: The Philosopher’s Stone
Chapter 23: Good Time, Inhuman Time
Part 5: Inspiring Values
Chapter 24: Chancing the Arm
Chapter 25: And Miles To Go
Chapter 26: Our Man Micah
Chapter 27: The Prodigal Son
Part 6: Facing Fear
Chapter 28: Anna and the Sniper
Chapter 29: Philip
Part 7: Great Schools, Great Privilege
Chapter 30: Harvard or Heaven?
Chapter 31: What Wakes You Up in the Middle of the Night
Chapter 32: What Benefits our Labors
Chapter 33: An Authoritative Community
Part 8: Teaching
Chapter 34: Silas Marner and Me
Chapter 35: Parade Out the Gargoyles
Chapter 36: Scaffolding and Learning
Chapter 37: The Freedom to Choose One’s Way
Chapter 38: Let the Children Come
Chapter 39: The Eagle and the Selfies
Chapter 40: My Students, Now
Chapter 41: What We DesireAcknowledgements
About the Author
Imagine an educator in this self-seeking age who cares about something more important than test scores, college admission, and financial success. Imagine an educator in this cynical age who talks about God, heroism, and self-sacrifice. Vance Wilson is a voice crying in the wilderness of an age in which young people are starved for meaning and thirsty for purpose. This is a book every parent and teacher should read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.
F. Washington Jarvis, Headmaster Emeritus of the Roxbury Latin School and director of the Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at Yale Divinity School