Category Archives: Calling

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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Who are the great leaders?

Great Moments, Not Great Leaders “Who are the great leaders?” When I was asked this question at a conference recently, a 15-month-old popped to mind, and I found myself telling a story about a moment a couple of years ago when … Continue reading

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So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

a graduate’s speech “I have a proclamation: Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It’s not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn’t wrong study it. “Let today be … Continue reading

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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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The Equipment for Happiness is Built In

 Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love or exercise. –Hans Selye Each of us has a genius. I am not saying each of us IS a genius. In fact BEING a genius … Continue reading

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