Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Pieces at the Daily Beast

Last week, we wrote two-pieces for The Daily Beast that we're very excited about.

In our book, we explain how poorly early IQ scores predict kids' later achievement, and, since the book's release, a number of people have begun calling for schools to use behavioral measures to assess kids. So in our first piece, we explain that the truth is these alternative measures are even worse – less reliable – than IQ results.

Our second piece is about one of the most famous behavioral measures: the Marshmallow Task. This test measures a child's ability to delay gratification, and it has been suggested that a preschooler's success in it can predict his SAT scores, 15 years later. However, we write that the science to support that claim is razor thin.

Friday, January 08, 2010

NurtureShock is On Over 30 "Best Of" Lists!

NurtureShock has been included in over 30 "Best Of 2009" lists. We're very honored to have been recognized by each of them, and the sheer number is fantastic, but what is particularly thrilling to us is the variation in the lists, themselves.

For example, Barnes & Noble, San Francisco Chronicle and iTunes recognized us as being some of the Best in General Nonfiction, while Library Journal, AV Club, East Bay Express, and Nevada NPR had us in their lists of Best of Books, without reference to genre. has us at #1 in its "Best in Self Development" category.

Meanwhile, Discover magazine and Seed magazine said we were among the Best in Science Writing. This Week in Education and others include us in their lists of Best Education Books while Big Think has our race chapter as one of the year's Best Coverage in Politics/Social Issues.

And then Momma Data and others have tapped as us being the Best Parenting Book of the Year.

Amazing. Thank you so all very much.

Friday, November 13, 2009

NurtureShock's Many International Editions

NurtureShock is now in its 6th printing in the U.S. It will be available on Feb 4th, 2010 in English in the U.K., Australia, and in English-language bookstores in Asia, released by Ebury Press. NurtureShock will soon be available in at least nine translations, by the following publishers:

Japanese: Intershift Inc, Tokyo
Chinese (Taiwan): Ars Longa, Taipei
Chinese (Mainland): Huaxia, Beijing
Korean: Mulpure, Seoul
Thai: WeLearn Books, Bangkok

German: Goldmann Arkana, Munich
Spain: Editorial Sirio, Barcelona
Portugal: Lua de Papel, Lisbon

Brazil: Texto Editores, Sao Paulo

Monday, November 09, 2009

Great Interview on CBC's The Current

To those wondering how NurtureShock hit #2 in nonfiction on Amazon Canada over the weekend, it's because a great interview ran with Hana Gartner of CBC's The Current. The opening several minutes are some great/hilarious quotes from parents on the street giving their opinions on race, self-esteem, baby einstein, etc.

Here's the link to the page to hear it. On the bottom of the page, click "Listen to Part Three."

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Two Months on NYT Bestseller list; Amazon Top 100

I'm guessing we'll soon enough drop off the NYT bestseller list, with so many other fall books coming out - but thanks to everyone who kept us on there since our release week at the beginning of September.

We're also on the Top 100 bestselling books of the year of Amazon, according to the company.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NurtureShock is on Twitter –

We'll be posting regular links to our column, info on events, links to blogs and articles we find interesting, etc.

So please join us on Twitter (and as a Facebook fan)!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Emotional Intelligence - Mano-a-Mano?

Po and I have written, in both our book and the Newsweek blog, about how the evidence we've seen shows that emotional intelligence has failed to live up to the hype: it doesn't predict academic achievement, career success, or better life choices.

Well, Daniel Goleman – author of the hugely successful book Emotional Intelligence – has now contacted us, and, after a couple rounds of emails, we've all agreed to a sort of on-line debate in our Newsweek blog. I believe the fun should start Tues. (or Weds, if Tues. doesn't work out).

It promises to be an exciting week, and we really hope that you will join us.