The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 14, 2000


Education Forum to welcome civility speaker

This year's Carlisle Education Forum is honored to welcome child psychologist Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Thompson will speak about how to raise responsible children with a special emphasis on civility, a topic of wide concern these days among families and schools.

The Forum is an annual community event in Carlisle. Hosted by the Carlisle Public Schools, it gives townspeople an opportunity to learn about the topic and share opinions with neighbors and school staff about its relevance to education. The sixth annual forum will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Corey auditorium.

Thompson is a dynamic speaker who has broad experience with children and schools. He holds a B.A. and an Ed.M. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago. For many years, he was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and a member of the psychology staff at the Mass. Mental Health Center. He has been a consultant to a diverse group of independent schools across the country including Belmont Hill School, Charles River School, Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall, and Ecole Bilingue in the Boston area. Thompson lives in Arlington with his wife and two children.

His first book, Finding the Heart of the Child, coauthored with Dr. Edward Hallowell, has been widely read. Recently, he wrote the New York Times best-seller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys with Daniel Kindlon. Using stories of children, he explains that boys are different from girls because they are "wired" differently and because we hold different expectations for their behavior. Many of the problems boys face stem from their "emotional illiteracy," a need we can address with love, affection, acceptance and realistic expectations for responsible behavior.

Thompson is always in demand for presentations and workshops for schools and professional organizations. His presentations and topics of interest include: the nature of boys, their strengths and vulnerabilities; friendship development, popularity, and social cruelty; adolescent development; sexual development and social meaning; discipline and moral behavior; eating disorders; separation problems throughout childhood and adolescence; communication between parents and schools and more. He has a deep interest in school-age children and their concerns. He also has a talent for engaging audiences in these very important subjects.

The town is invited to attend the Carlisle Education Forum. Registration forms were mailed to homes in Carlisle, but they are also available from the school at 369-6550 or at the door. Participants from other towns are welcome. There is a registration fee of $5 and refreshments will be served.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito