How to teach a young introvert


We tell children it’s important to pay attention and listen, something introverts do very well. But then we expect them to also assert an opinion, so they don’t appear passive or shy? Sounds like the message is that being an extrovert is good and if you are an introvert-try to act more like an extrovert. And if you are An extrovert and don’t listen well-it’s ok because you are an extrovert.

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What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.

Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.

Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…

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