Intersections: Book Review of "Brave, Not Perfect"

April 13, 2019 by Bill Ivey

(with thanks to MiddleWeb for originally publishing this review)


As a teacher in a girls school, I’m acutely aware that my students (girls and non-binary kids alike) often feel trapped between two opposing yet interlocking ideals our culture sets for them – to be their true authentic selves, and to please other people.

A lot of my work on how best to support them is informed by what I hear from the kids themselves, as well as conversations with friends, colleagues, and parents both within my school and in the larger world of education.

Much of my background work centers on speakers and authors like Rachel Simmons (e.g. Enough As She Is) and Dr. Lisa Damour (e.g. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood).

Another of my touchstones is Reshma Saujani, who founded the highly successful organization Girls Who Code which has served over 90,000 girls to date, and who also gave the TED Talk “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” which has had over 4,000,000 views to date. Her latest book is Brave, Not Perfect.

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Written by Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

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