Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Are we raising kind kids?
Several friends and colleagues forwarded a useful article from the Washington Post, one of many published last week about the research of Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.
Weissbourd and his colleagues surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 schools across the nation about what they thought their parents cared about most: the achievement, happiness, or kindness of their children. An excerpt from the article:
About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”
Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.
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