Richard Miller, president of Olin College, describes disruptive ideas about education and learning that universities should adopt to graduate more creative, entrepreneurial and impactful engineers. He explains how a focus on math and science alone won’t result in more innovation, and that higher education must instill traits like grit and independent thinking.
While state requirements vary on the number of instructional days and hours in the year, the majority of states set the school year at 180 days. 180 days times seven school hours per day equal 1260 hours. I’m curious, how many of these hours are actual learning hours? Let’s imagine what an elementary school hours […]
After working all summer to better connect my church to home-schooling families, I was told that supporting a home-school co-op would be a conflict-of-interest because my church was already a constituent of school system. On the surface, it appeared that there was a conflict of interest. But when I dug a little deeper, I realized that there […]
The only time I have been superman—and I have been superman—was for superhero day during Spirit Week at the boarding academy I worked at. That was the only time. Youth leaders (and teachers) often suffer from a superman complex, where they think they need to act like superheroes to be good youth leaders. A Superman Complex is […]
Families are God’s foundation for a healthy society–and our foundation for a healthy church community! Below is the nitty-gritty of why families are so important. At a Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention (NWYC) in 2010, I spent time with Wayne Rice, who co-founded Youth Specialties in 1968; he helped shape professional youth ministry as we […]
When I lived on Orcas Island, WA, I started a youth club called Next Level Pathfinders. For a field trip, I took them to Seattle’s IMAX to see a film on George Mallory and Mt Everest, then to REI to climb the third tallest indoor wall in the world. On that day we literally took […]
Having a really good dream and waking up realizing it wasn’t true—that is disappointing. But having a really good dream and waking up every morning to live it—that is exciting! Like Martin Luther King said to a crowd of 200,000, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of […]
Are you preparing your child to live courageously? Charles A. Smith, in his book Raising Courageous Kids, said “We are not born heroes. The journey to find courage begins at birth. As the seed of courage begins to grow, young children discover their emerging power, influence, and capacity for love.” Like one makes it to […]