This is a must-read for any parent or educator. There is no such thing as an average person. And to say that is not just fluffy "be yourself" sort of crap. Rose really breaks down recent research on how kids learn differently, test uniquely, etc. If you want the right employee for a job, you need to consider what the job demands and not use grades and standardized tests. I have found this to be true in my own experiences hiring people, but Rose provides some scientific and business backing for these findings. The book is also a nice challenge to the way schools measure student performance through timed tests. I have one child who excels at timed tests (as I did) and two others who can figure out any problem, but not under pressure. Schools have always rewarded the first sort of test-taker even if there is no reason to believe that person is better or smarter.