A few years ago it would be unheard of to see a young person knock out an elderly man and unthinkable that they would punch older lady. But security cameras are catching these thugs doing just that. A few years ago, when a police officer told you to stop doing what you were doing and put your hands in the air, you did just that. (At least I did.)
Early in my academic career I struggled with paying attention. My mind would bounce from one thing to the next racing to stay ahead of terminal boredom. I grew up in pre-medication days so I had to figure something out or flunk out of flight school.
I’m a slow learner. I struggle with focus. I was tested for learning issues at a young age. After four decades in the education system in some form or fashion, I learned how to get A’s. It wasn’t always that way. I failed a number of classes in high-school. I even failed gym class.
As we enter the back-to-school season, I want to address an all-too-common attitude that derails the academic experience for many students. I was the expert in this mindset so I know it well. I call it the “just get the grade (or credits)” attitude. This attitude is formed when a student does not understand the larger purpose of an education.
It was nearly 29 years ago to the day at my high-school football banquet. The coach – Coach Buckel – went through each player on the team and shared some glowing remarks about each of them. Anticipating the shower of compliments with both of my divorced parents in the room he got to the very last player and…and…nothing. He skipped right over me! I shrunk down into my seat hoping the earth would swallow me up. My friends spoke up and told the coach he forgot about me. So he sheepishly brought me up and made up a few words and quickly moved on. Now I wasn’t his star player for sure, but I never missed a practice and regularly took beatings at the hands of the first team all year. Continue reading “Lessons from a Kid Picked Last”
While working as a youth pastor, I attended a fair amount of high-school graduation ceremonies. I took interest in class themes and commencement speeches. One senior class theme stunned me however. Not because it was crass or somehow offensive but because of what it stood for – nothing. It represented one of the greatest deficits of this generation – vision. The senior motto proclaimed, “We’re here, we’re not somewhere else, so we might as well be doing what we’re doing.” Exciting isn’t it? Continue reading “Finding Vision”
As we enter the back-to-school season, I want to address an all-too-common attitude that derails the academic experience for many students. I was the expert in this mindset so I know it well. I call it the “just get the grade (or credits)” attitude. This attitude is formed when a student does not understand the larger purpose of an education. They filter their future through the lens of their very limited life experience. One can spot this attitude by the words students use to describe their school experience. Common phrases include, “Why do I have to learn this?” “When will I ever use this?” “This is so dumb.” Continue reading “Why Learn Algebra? The Secrets of Education That No One Told You”
I’m pretty sure this prayer is not theologically correct but knowing you have never been afraid of misguided, but honest seekers, I am daring this prayer. Please, God, I want a Bat-phone. Yes, you heard right…a Bat-Phone. Continue reading “Dear God, I Want a Bat-Phone!”
I am hesitant to write you this letter. I know I need to but there is a part of me that likes having you ignorant. I enjoy the freedom your distracted indifference provides me but I also see a different kind of prison forming around me and well… I need your help. Continue reading “Please Unplug Me”
As a pastor for the last couple of decades, I have worked with hundreds of families. I have learned from great men and women who gave great examples of leadership in their homes. I have also had a front row seat to the pain and generational chaos resulting from poor leadership. Continue reading “Leader or Not…Here You Come!”