INTROVERTS IN AN EXTROVERT WORLD
Columnist Jon Ronson of The Guardian writes about his recent encounter with author Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts–a book about the importance of introverts and how our society should embrace the quality. He goes on to point out several examples, both from the book and in his own personal life, about how structuring things for introverts can help us empower people that are naturally more thoughtful, respectful and empathetic as opposed to the more generally-rewarded extrovert qualities like competitiveness and aggression. No offense to the extroverts (we've learned much from them), but it sounds like they can a learn a thing or two from the stillness of an introvert. Read the entire article here.
The loudest, most socially confident and quickest on their feet win the day, whereas the contemplative and quietly well-informed tend not to get a word in. School classrooms are increasingly designed to reflect this flawed environment.