Keeping students focused can be a challenge in a world that is filled with distractions. Lang pulls from research in education and the science of attention, as well as from classroom observations and works of poets and philosophers, to shift our thinking about the problem of distraction in the classroom. Ultimately, he is making the case that efforts should be made to cultivate student attention instead of trying to eliminate distractions.
“Lang’s lucid prose and dry wit make for a pleasant reading experience, and his evidence is consistently on-point,” according to a review in Publisher’s Weekly noted in a review. “Teachers and parents teaching at home will find inspiration and insight in this sterling study of ‘the crucial connection between attention and learning.’”