Category Archives: Character

How the College Scandal Could be a Game Changer

College Scandal! “I’m shocked! Shocked! There’s [bribery] going on in here.” Every year at this time, as our 18-year-olds are getting their college acceptances, there is a spate of articles about the imperfections in the college admission process in America. … Continue reading

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What are the Key Ingredients for a Child’s Success?

Five-year-old Sokha, a Cambodian orphan adopted by a white couple, came into our kindergarten. He immediately showed himself to be a happy, gregarious, curious boy. But Sokha engaged with others in ways they were not used to.  Please follow and like … Continue reading

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Why Many SEL Programs Fail

“Although ‘Social-Emotional-Learning may be intended to empower students, many elementary students in these programs learn to equate leadership with obedience. Research by Madora Soutter  (Unintended Lessons of SEL Programs January 21, 2019) reveals that many SEL programs do not achieve their espoused goals … Continue reading

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Making Your Self Whole

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. —The Gospel of Thomas Kathryn, an academic, athletic and … Continue reading

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Loneliness

Young people are among the loneliest of all Americans. Schools that teach kids how to deal with feelings of isolation could help put a dent in the epidemic, writes Ashley Fetters in “To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom” (Atlantic, … Continue reading

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