Category Archives: Integrity

What is character building, and how do you do it?

Before the war (as my parents used to say) “character building” was a good thing. In the ‘50’s and ‘60’s when something was hard, educators could say to us students, “Just do it. It’s character building.” They must have used … Continue reading

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Do Children Start Out Good or Bad? Our Answer Matters.

“Ricky, you are not yourself, today,” my mother used to say when I was, well, shall we say, socially irresponsible. I was a difficult child. My mother even said so in the last few days we were together before she … Continue reading

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Collective Genius

Early in my first year as principal I found myself sitting across the table from a clean-cut, successful looking lawyer/parent who had put his daughter into the second grade of my school a month ago. As soon as we returned … Continue reading

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The Swallow Strategy: Don’t Get Mad; Be Useful

How do you get yourself admitted to a prestigious graduate school of science and technology? It’s not what you think. Please follow and like us:

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Each Conflict Is A Chance to Find Our Center

We understand conflict as a bad thing, but conflict is an opportunity to find our center. Please follow and like us:

Posted in Achievement, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Collaboration, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, decision-making, Discipline, Education, Empathy, Excellence, Failure, Forgiveness, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, Imperfection, Integrity, Joy, Leadership, Loss, Mistakes, parenting, Play, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Stress, Success | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments