Fifth-graders at Alabama’s Thompson Intermediate School are becoming Super Citizens by emulating local heroes who are making a difference in their community.
The ultra-competitive college admissions process is a maddening ordeal for many students and parents, but a movement to include indicators of character alongside the current reliance on test scores and academic achievement is changing the dynamic.
What makes this place so special? And how do we sustain and transmit that school culture?
With regard to developing people of character, I start from a simple premise: identity drives behavior.
Randy Bowman knows the pressures of poverty. He was one of four children raised by a single mother in Dallas. Bowman has purchased land to build a dormitory facility for Dallas children who attend public schools “as a way to insulate kids from some of the chaotic and traumatic forces that can quickly derail academics.”
“I was something of a scam who was forced to become authentic to keep food on the table.”
The recent arrest of three University of California Los Angeles players in China for shoplifting, and their subsequent return to the United States, provides valuable lessons on character, humility, and taking responsibility as role models.
After a fight at a Philadelphia area high school left eight teachers injured and four students arrested, the dean of a nearby Jewish college approached the local school board with a plan to work with younger pupils in community building and relationship skills.
It’s a brave kindergarten student who will step up to a microphone and address their school’s 250 community members. This is a weekly occurrence at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS), where kindergarteners share this duty with fellow students, who range all the way up to 8th grade.
Education officials in France recently banned mobile phones in elementary and middle schools starting next year, move educator minister Jean-Michel Blanquer frames as a “public health” issue.