Teachers: The Decisive Element

I AM THE DECISIVE ELEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM. It’s my personal approach that creates the CLIMATE. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I POSSES A TREMENDOUS POWER to make a child’s like miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, …

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Teaching & Education

This week’s edition of the What Will Matter will take a deep dive into education and teaching, examining what challenges we face as we educate the next generation and how we can work together to to shape a brighter future though education. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – …

COMMENTARY: Be What You Want to Be

“What will you be when you grow up?” It’s a serious question. As kids, we knew we were going to be something and that to be something was to be someone. Even as our ambitions changed, we knew what we were going to be was important and our choice.

COMMENTARY: “You’re Only Cheating Yourself”

It’s in the news all the time – kids are cheating in school in new ways and at unprecedented rates. One of the reasons is the way schools and parents deal with or ignore the underlying issues of integrity and character. For instance, to discourage kids from cheating, adults commonly say, “You’re only cheating yourself.”

COMMENTARY: School Principal: The Most Difficult CEO Job in the Nation

Schools all over the nation are struggling to modify their strategies to meet the Common Core demands regarding critical thinking and problem solving. They must also find ways to teach 21st Century workplace skills, enhance students’ social and emotional development, and, of course, build their character so they become responsible and productive citizens. Oh, they must also be sure to create an …

The Soul of a Child

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. Emma Goldman