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America's Short Circuit: Parenting and Schooling

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Enough has been said how the educational focus on academic achievement greatly favors the privileged class. I don't think enough has been explored on how much it discriminates against underprivileged students

The Shooting in Charleston and a View of Godly Character

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Since 1907 the motto of Toccoa Falls College has been this: Developing Godly Character With Intellect. Sometimes folks ask me how I know what Godly character looks like.

'Death by Hitchcock': A Conversation With Elissa Grodin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Elissa Grodin's father, Stan Durwood, was the founder of AMC Entertainment and invented the multiplex and megaplex movie theater concept. Elissa studied film at Dartmouth College, and painting at the New York School of Visual Arts.

Character Development: America's Sleeping Giant

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

I have taught over 10,000 students over 63 years, the oldest now in their 80s. My primary focus has always been: What preparation leads to a meaningful and fulfilling life--and what does not?

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

Energetic Progress in the Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

If you want to know how ineffective you really are, how little you matter in the world, you don't need to Google your own name. Just try to make another person's life better. It's hard, and it's slow.

How to Absolutely, Positively Ace Your Job Interview

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Dress nicely. Be polite. Speak with confidence. You already know this advice for doing well on your job interview. But what you might not have considered is talking about your character. I guarantee that no other candidate will be discussing character, yet it is this element that distinguishes a competent employee from a truly stellar one.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

Tragedy Really Does Build Character

Melissa Piccoli | Posted 06.28.2015 | Good News
Melissa Piccoli

Everyone tells you that you will feel sorrow but no one could prepare you for legitimate heartache that comes with that. Everyone tells you how you will hurt, but I am here to tell you how you will grow.

Jefferson's Canons of Conduct

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

In 1825, Jefferson sent his grandson a letter, listing a "Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life." To mark his birthday, Jefferson's canons of conduct are copied here...

Play Ball! 6 Lessons From Baseball for Politics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

On opening day, rejoice that the fundamentals that America's pastime and American democracy share -- character, support, versatility, endurance and diversity -- strengthen and enrich us all. In that spirit, play ball!

5 Things I Didn't Expect To Feel As A Mom

Stephanie Ortiz | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Ortiz

I'm a stronger person because of them. I'm becoming a more patient person than I ever would have been. I've been pushed to my limits of endurance, and have been forced to look inside myself at qualities that needed to change.

Companies Led By Moral Bosses Are Actually More Profitable

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business

Good character is good for business.

'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue.

What's The Value Of Youth Sports?

Emily Cohen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Sports
Emily Cohen

The negative buzz around youth sports -- concussions, overuse injuries, out­ of ­control parents, costly travel teams, bullying coaches and more -- have parents wondering if it's worth it to let their kids continue playing. Have we reached a point where the negatives outweigh the positives in youth sports?

It's Not About the Emails

Terry Newell | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

The real issue is about ethics and character, both much more essential in a secretary of state -- and president -- than how they handle emails.

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.23.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Grateful for SNL's Humility

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Bruce Weinstein

Sincere humility and gratitude aren't qualities one normally associates with the entertainment industry. That's why I was bowled over during the closing segments of Saturday Night Live's recent 40th-anniversary broadcast.

10 Things More Important Than Being Liked

Gina DeLapa | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina DeLapa

Have you noticed lately how our culture all but worships likability? Often at the expense of higher values. If we're not careful, we can spend so much time making ourselves likable, we forget to ask if we like who we're becoming.

A Bold Plan to Revitalize Our Educational System

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Keep this system as it is, but build another educational system on top of it, one that addresses the deeper and unfulfilled needs of children, particularly the unprivileged.

A Fitting End to a Dysfunctional NFL Season

Geoff Livingston | Posted 03.28.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

The New Wild West

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Tolerating uncivil behavior, unfortunately, is the price we have to pay for virtual communication. I don't like reading hateful responses to the things I online, but the alternative -- a policy that stifles speech -- is a lot worse.