Let’s be completely honest.
Can we really say that our schools today are doing the job they are supposed to?
Are they really preparing the next generation for competing in tomorrow’s global economy?
Beef or shame… no way out
Today on the job, I had to approach a student on campus at 7:10 a.m. She was very upset shouting at the top of her lungs:
“I’m sick of this school, dread. Her mother came to MY house asking where my mother is. Who is she to come putting my mother in this? Was my mother there when somebody came up in my face and nobody does anything about it? Well I’m not going to stand there like a baby if she comes back again!
And @#$% her mother.
And to &@#% with the stupid rules. You watch! It’s me and she today.”
She was angry enough, but it didn’t take much more than a little attention and a soothing voice to get her to calm down. Then I saw the opposing crowd of students on the other side of the playground, glaring, ready to pounce, expecting trouble, fearful, yet somehow enjoying the spectacle of the angry, fed-up senior about to risk her entire school career over “beef.”
But I wondered, just as you have wondered a hundred times, what about the next flare-up by another student in the next half-hour when I’m not around?
How come these students can only see two negative options when there are so many other things they can do to help themselves?
When will we be able to make a difference and help all our students see and choose other options?
Can we really make a difference?
Here is the exciting news!
The best schools in the world today are proactive. They are assisting their student bodies to manage their own behavior.
We’re seeing them do this by putting step-by-step programs in place to develop student’s emotional intelligence. Where they are successful, all such programs change the whole school climate.
How? First they change the way in which teachers and staff think about control, about rules, about respect, and about discipline. They move this away from a system of compliance, external rewards and punishment.
What works? (A challenge)
M)odern schools succeed by replacing the old system with programs that educate students to be more effective managers of their own behavior. Such students learn to be responsible, and find positive ways of handling their problems as they go about their lives and their business in school.
This is a the same challenge to which we are calling you. Let’s start to EDUCATE our students about mature living. If they do not learn to control their emotions, we can’t get their attention. And without their attention, we can create neither academic lessons nor life lessons, for them to remember and take through their lives.
Will you accept the challenge? Are you with us? We need you to help us make the change. A country cannot move forward with outdated schools.
Fill out the form on the right of this post and let’s start the journey.
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