This pandemic is revealing a lot about how well we are preparing our children for their future. We have to ask ourselves if they have the skills they need to handle life’s unexpected twists and turns. If not, let this be our wake-up call. Adaptability, critical thinking, collaboration, and compassion are vital to weathering these storms. Unfortunately, these are not skills they learn in our standardized school systems. In fact, they learn the opposite–compliance, dependence, and competitiveness.
The Wizard of Oz is more than just a movie. It is a metaphor for life. It highlights the cultural tethers that limit self-worth and emphasizes the importance of community. It also provides a road map for navigating uncertain times. Here are a few of my favorite lines and the insights they provide:
Each of my daughters has struggled at times when they are out of their comfort zone. Whether it’s a new job, a new situation, or when they first leave home to live […]
Like pioneers, we must band together to prepare students to adapt to this new economy, while schools undergo significant restructuring. Parents, businesses, and community leaders must take responsibility–individually and collectively–for building a community-based ecosystem that helps students develop vital skill sets (adaptability, collaboration, creativity, tech-savvy, critical thinking) and gain exposure to the real world.
I believe my job as a parent is to teach my children to leave me. If I do my job well, they will have a strong sense of self, find meaningful work […]
The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries created a cultural shift from rural farms to factory-filled cities. Imagine the confusion of parents, trained in agricultural livelihoods, trying to understand this […]
When my first daughter was born, I wanted to do everything right. I bought a book about positive parenting and read it cover to cover. I didn’t want to say the negative […]
When my children were young, I used to read to them from The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett. We loved all the fables and parables but there was one story […]