Monday, January 2, 2012

12 Things Kids Need to Learn in 2012

I've been in this business a really long time. It's not all about academic standards and test results. As educators we have an awe-inspiring opportunity, some may say responsibility, to educate young people (and sometimes, their parents, too) in personal and social responsibility, to be ethical, sensible, accountable, and happier people.

Here are a dozen points that, in my opinion, we need to teach kids through our own examples:
  • Be responsible for your own actions and choices.
  • Sometimes you need to stand up for yourself.
  • Not everything is fun all the time.
  • You can learn from your mistakes.
  • You don't win all the time.
  • What you "want" and what you "need" are not always the same thing. Know the difference.
  • There will not always be somebody there to bail you out.
  • Sometimes you won't feel good or happy. That's normal.
  • Your actions will always affect others sooner or later.
  • Not everybody you meet will like you.
  • You have a role in the things that happen to you. Nothing "just happens."
  • There is a greater good. It's not all about you.
I'm sure that you each can add to this list, but it's a start.

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