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James (not verified)

This is a really interesting

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This is a really interesting piece. It definitely makes middle school a lot more appealing to hear about how much the school cares about the children. I was wondering since this post was tagged as Emotional Intelligence if the school and/or you did much with emotional intelligence testing for the children. Emotional Intelligence has been a big thing, and I was wondering if Benjamin Franklin tailored any of its teaching methodologies to different emotional intelligence aptitudes that the students have.
Christine Nicolosi (not verified)

I know Tony from taking one

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I know Tony from taking one of his graduate classes at William Paterson last semester, and find myself in constant agreement with his ideas about education and learning. A key element in both of our educational philosophies is this notion of "a shared vision." I also agree that this may not be the most readily accepted or popular vision but perhaps it can be understood from its most basic level -- as I see it anyhow. What is the basic goal of education? -- To educate, but educate to what end - for each individual to have personal, individual "success?" And how is that success measured - through wealth, material items, or occupation? While these assessments may ring true for many people, I believe that education needs a focus that transcends the individual and ultimately cultivates progression for humanity; the individual succeeds as a member of a community. We educate ourselves to gain worldly knowledge applicable from specific to general, family to business, and countless other situations that collectively make up our existences—but we are not separate entities, rather we are reliant members of a species who in virtually every way needs others to survive. If we accept that education of each individual should ultimately lead outward to the benefit of others, naturally it follows that we must adopt a shared, unified, and concerned responsibility as members of and participators in school communities. A shared vision is the only way to attempt harmony in the school and guarantee success in the community, both locally and globally.
Matt Butcher (not verified)

Ok, so once you have that

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Ok, so once you have that shared vision -- how do you keep it up? How do you monitor it? I have the feeling that we have a shared vision but then it gets sidetracked or lost along the way. How do you pick up those pieces?
Carol Rothman (not verified)

I could not agree with the

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I could not agree with the article more, and wish all educators felt the same way. When I finished my education and started to teach I was mortified to find out how many adults that stood in front of young minds were so cruel and mean. Academic achievement and social/emotional well-being is the foundation for life long learner and that should be the mission for all educators, I know it is mine. This article should be in every teachers mailbox to help them become aware of their responsibility. Hopefully they will all buy into the synergy between social/emotional well-being and academic success that the school provides.
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