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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
Benedick Ganzo has spent time in the field of education in his native Philippines. He speaks as one who has experienced the field and seen its many failures. In Bring Up Kings, he uses his experience and knowledge to suggest a novel (at the same time, ancient) method of education. He desires to see each of our children become the absolute best they can be. While he uses information and stories from the Philippines, the principles he teaches can easily be applied to the education of any child in any country. I wholeheartedly concur with most of his conclusions. I have spent most of my life teaching in some form or other and his method is what I have championed for years. Most parents and educators would agree that our current method of teaching is broken. A return to the old ways would make the difference between rearing children who are masters of their fate and those who are followers.
The Bible talks about bringing up children in the way they should go. This indicates that every child does not learn in the same way. Each child is unique. In Bring Up Kings, Benedick Ganzo pushes for an education system that allows each child to be trained in their area of interest. Why force a child to be proficient at mathematics when they desire to be an artist? Some general education is proper, but each child needs to follow their dreams and master the subject that they will use for the rest of their lives. Benedick says he thinks it is doubtful that Mozart would make a good nuclear physicist if he were forced to study that instead of music. Benedick uses his teaching expertise to bring his readers an easy-to-read and understand book on how to change the system. His writing is simple and conversational. He explains any term concerning the education system in the Philippines so that Americans can identify its corresponding American counterpart. Parents and teachers need to work together to make sure each child is trained in the subject for which they have a passion. This book is full of useful information that can help change education into a force for the good of all our children.