In praise of slowness - Carl Honore
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Honoré says, “Some of the most heartrending emails that I get on my website are actually from adolescents hovering on the edge of burnout, pleading with me to write to their parents, to help them slow down, to help them get off this full-throttle treadmill.” Inspired by these pleas and growing out of his own experiences as a parent, three years after his TED talk Honoré authored "Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children From The Culture Of Hyper-Parenting." Learn more about the genesis of this book and why Honoré worries about kids today at http://www.carlhonore.com/?page_id=5.
Work with classmates to survey or interview parents and children in your community. Aggregate and analyze the results, exploring their connection to Honoré’s hypothesis. Partner with your local library to sponsor a book club discussion of "Under Pressure" or a similar text; promote this event through local PTA groups, civic associations, and youth organizations. Present highlights from your own research as part of this discussion.
Harvard Business Review Blog Network: "Slow down, you move too fast" (04/03/2012) http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2012/04/slow-down-you-move-too-fast.html
Slow Food International http://www.slowfood.com/
The Atlantic: "A slow-books manifesto" (03/26/2012) http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/03/a-slow-books-manifesto/254884/
Forbes: "Time for a slow-word movement" (12/30/09) http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/29/media-newspapers-internet-opinions-columnists-trevor-butterworth.html
Psychology Today: "Slow movement with awareness: better than exercise?" (07/06/2010) http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-sense/201007/slow-movement-awareness-better-exercise
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