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EDUCATION IS MORE THAN A-B-C’S

By Stacy Evensen

What does “education” mean to you?  At Hale Kipa we believe that education is more than gaining knowledge or skills in a particular academic area.  While basic skills are certainly important, we maintain that character and values hold an equally important place in the education of a youth.  That is why the focus of the Ed Voc Fall Series included the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” a self-help concept developed by Sean Covey whose father authored the popular self-help book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

By following these seven habits, teens can become more independent and effective in dealing with everyday issues whether situations at home, their schoolwork or their relationship with friends.  Habits one, two, and three deal with self-mastery – these are Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First.  The next three habits deal with relationships and teamwork—Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, andSynergize.  The seventh habit is the habit of Renewal.  It feeds all other habits.  Click on this link to learn more about these habits:http://www.7habits4teens.com/

During the Fall Series, Catie and Karen integrated lessons about the seven habits into the CARE (Compassion and Responsibility Education) curriculum borrowed from the Hawaiian Humane Society (you’ll learn more about that in the next issue).  The idea was to introduce ways to approach effective learning (habits) while studying about concepts, such as compassion, advocacy and stewardship (CARE curriculum).  Extended even further, these habits help youth discover who they really are, what motivates them, what inspires them and what is important in their lives…. possibly questions they have never before taken the time to ponder.  Our intent is to couple all of our future lessons with the seven habits training as it is our belief that learning to think critically and creatively will serve youth well throughout their lives in everything they do from living as a family unit, participating in school assignments or sports or making good decisions as a contributing employee.  Our hope is that this emphasis on the seven habits will be reinforced throughout all of our youth programs and start to solidify a culture of learning within Hale Kipa.

For more on the Seven Habits of Mind, the CARE Curriculum and the successes of the Fall Series, be sure to read Catie’s column in the next issue!

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