Parenting might have one of the longest job descriptions one may ever hold with the least amount of pay. In fact it costs a great deal financially, emotionally and spiritually. There is no award. There is no destination. One sometimes feels like you have to wait until the end of your life time to see the end result of your work. It seems though, that I don’t have to wait until my end to see the fruits of my labor, maybe you don’t either. Together, let’s look at parenting right smack dab in the middle.Read More
What's Happening in Character?
by Sheril Morgan, Director, Schools of Character
Entitlement. Webster says the definition of entitlement is the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges). There have been many conversations about younger generations having a sense of entitlement these days. When parents ask their children to do something, it is often attached to a reward for carrying out the task. Often children are paid for good grades on a report card, and we forget the power of making meaning which is pointed out in Marvin Berkowitz’s latest blog, “My Son is not My Dog.”
The truth is, we all are inherently selfish, and yet we have an incredible capacity to give of ourselves. The holiday season tends to highlight both sides of humanity, our selfish and selfless tendencies. Thankfully, what we become is often what is nurtured and this presents an amazing opportunity to educators. This is the perfect opportunity to empower young people to serve their community!
Many educators cringe at the thought of service learning because there is so much misunderstanding of the term in educational circles. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting experience, and with creativity and shared leadership, it can have a life of its own.Read More