Date and Time
Sep 27, 2022 6:00 pm
Author Claire Nader provides a remarkable variety of teachable antidotes for the 21st century tween. Apprehensive parents and burdened teachers find helpful tips, tricks, and stories for their tween (nine to twelve years old) to hopefully spark their innate curiosity, imagination and idealism while guiding them towards elevating their own sense of significance and realizable achievements. Through this process of discovery, they have the opportunity to explore wider frames of reference with roles inside and outside the home.
Many motivating stories from history to the present make Claire Nader’s gentle nudges toward self-educational experiences exciting. She takes children on a tour of the print dictionary, highlighting concepts such as justice, freedom, and peace. She introduces Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass and Helen Keller to illustrate their profound awareness and discipline. By addressing Tween self-consciousness, the book takes youngsters on new explorations about being “smart” to learn about their own bodies, pressing for physical activity, eating well, controlling their time and avoiding hours glued to screens. By explaining the importance of learning to unlearn and ask questions such as “what if?” and “why?” Nader encourages tweens to teach themselves to distinguish fact from fiction, thinking from believing, and respect from disrespect. This book doesn’t talk down to tweens- it speaks to tweens about their futures as active young citizens, skeptical shoppers and life-long learners. Her suggestions equip the average Tween (and maybe even teen!) to better handle the whirlwind of adolescence and later apply their skills to further the common good in our society.
Claire is joining on the virtual Busboys stage for a celebration event, joined in conversation by Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal. Copies of the book will be available for purchase before and during the event, so make sure to order your copy before we’re out of stock! Your purchase of the book includes shipping anywhere in the United States via USPS.
This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST TEACHER will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event is VIRTUAL and will only be livestreamed.
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Claire Nader is a political scientist and author recognized for her work on the impact of science on society. She is an advocate for numerous causes at the local, national and international level. As the first social scientist working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, she joined pioneering initiatives in energy conservation and the multifaceted connections between science, technology and public policy. Later she worked to improve corporate and governmental policies affecting communities through a variety of projects and nonprofit institutions. For ten years she chaired the Council for Responsible Genetics in Cambridge, MA. And for thirty- two years she has administered the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage in Washington, D.C. Informed civic participation for a renewable democracy is at the core of her missions as a synergistic public citizen. Nader is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Ph.D. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.
Andy Shallal is an artist, social entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant group in the Washington Metropolitan area where art, culture and politics intentionally collide over mindfully sourced food, drinks, books and event programming. With six, soon to be seven locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Busboys and Poets has become a home for progressives, artists, creatives and intellectuals, including such notables as Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and the late Howard Zinn. As a leader in the sustainable food movement, Busboys has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative, conscious cuisine. Under Shallal’s leadership, Busboys has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, Employer of the Year from the Employment Justice Center and the Mayor’s Environmental Award.