Discipline is a word that conjures up images of punishment, giving up things you enjoy, doing hard or difficult things, correcting your behavior, stoic-stern-stubbornness. Whoa — no wonder we shrink and shudder at the very sound of the word! But when discipline is viewed as choosing what we want most, our goal comes into focus and we own the choice of actually moving toward that goal…
“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them.”
“The transformative potential in growth mindsets and social-emotional skills such as grit may be more applicable to students whose basic needs are already met. When asking the question of why some children succeed in school and others don’t, he said the educators and administrators tend to overestimate the power of the person and underestimate the power of the situation.” (Excerpt)
Educators and learning leaders of all sorts, including employers, need to better understand what it takes to become a leader. Credibility is only one of the factors of true leadership.
How can we teach students to become leaders?
Character education is incomplete without exploration of leadership. It may be at the heart of complaints about favoritism, hypocrisy, lying, and weakness. Note that each factor contributes to the perception of credibility, including competence. How can we use this or similar models to teach students to become leaders? to define character? the importance of education to build competence?