Category Archives: Character

Good Parents are Good Leaders (and Never Underestimate Kids)

For best results with our children, parents need to be good leaders. One day, Suzanne said to her five-year-old niece Emma, “My, that is a beautiful stuffed lion you have there.” “I know, I saw it in the store and … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, decision-making, Discipline, Education, Genius, Leadership, Learning, parenting, Relationships | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Challenges for a Great New School Year

A new school year. Will it be great? Are you looking forward to the challenges? If you are a parent or a teacher I’m jealous. I miss having children around every day. Their absence compromises my education. But maybe you aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Conflict and Issues, decision-making, Education, First Day of School, Genius, Leadership, Learning community, perseverance, Resilience, School Reform, Self-Actualization | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Conflict and Character

The development of character is not simply doing the right thing nor is it “doing your own thing” and being “a character.” We develop our character as we actively engage in conflict with other characters. Please follow and like us:

Posted in Character, Children, Conflict and Issues, Genius | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Something American Schools Can Learn from Japan: You Matter

You Matter The minute I appeared in the front hall of Kugayama School the receptionist got up from behind his desk, opened the glass door of the administrative offices and came out to greet me with a smile, a bow … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Respect, School Reform, Social Responsibility, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Brain Development, Character, Children, decision-making, Discipline, Education, Excellence, First Day of School, Genius, Integrity, Justice, Learning community, Mistakes, parenting, project based learning, School Culture, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Standards, STEM subjects, Success, Teaching, Technology and Education, Thoughtfulness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments