The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher We begin in earnest by offering two questions for your consideration: First, what do you think parents reply when asked what they want for their own children? You won t be surprised to learn that their answers are, in priority order, happiness , confidence , a great life , satisfaction , contentment , health and security . And second, what do schools teach? The same parents answer: thinking skills , maths , subjects , literacy and test-taking . There appears to be no overlap at all. We re teaching kids how to be successful in subjects in the hope that they get a good job and achieve some of the qualities that their parents hoped for. As Martin Seligman says, Schools pave the boulevard toward adult work . This book goes beyond subjects . We want to encourage you to help pave the boulevard towards flourishing children. To do so, we ask you simply to consider the concept of positive education . As it says on the cover, read, do and inspire.