A short blog today on something that has been challenging me and a few recommendations and reminders. All year, I’ve been challenged and helped by the writings of Tim Elmore (his website: http://growingleaders.com/) I’ve just read his book Generation iY. (iY= the second half of the millennial generation, those who grew up with the internet from birth) This book gives great insight in how our current generation of students think, work, and respond differently than previous generations. It’s specifically targeted at teachers and parents. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I think we all need to read this. Let me just give you a little piece that challenged me - about how we have lied to this generation of students.
Elmore say that “we have fed them lines to help them feel good about themselves or to bolster their confidence. At the time is seemed like a noble thing to do - or at least a harmless and useful falsehood.” He continues, “a constant stream of accolades, compliments, and predictions of greatness is par for the course for many iYers. Because of our lies, too many are reaching adulthood emotionally unstable and socially naive. Shame on us, not them. It’s now time for action - a new kind of action, one that’s not merely about inflating the self-esteem of iY kids, but equipping them to face an uncertain world. It’s about bolstering their confidence, but in a way that is based on reality.” He then discussed what he considers to be the most dangerous lies we have told this generation. I’ll just list them for you.
- “you can be anything you want to be”
- “it’s your choice”
- “you are special”
- “every kid ought to go to college”
- “you can have it now”
- “you’re a winner just because you participated”
- “you can get whatever you want”
And one more random recommendation: a free e-book The Beckoning. This is a free download for Kindle readers only until Sunday. This is a book on apologetics written by an attorney. Since I just got it today, I can’t give it my full recommendation, but it came to me as a recommendation from AXIS ministries, which usually has very solid recommendations and materials. I’ll update you next time I write with my rec, but in the meantime grab the free material and keep reading!
Have a very happy Easter BCS community!
Grace and Peace,
Just a few reminders:
- We are spending the next six weeks with specific prayer goals for our school. You can find information on week one here: https://vimeo.com/123730672
- We need everyone’s help to reach our Serve-A-Thon goals. We’re up to 1991 letters of our goal of 2400. We’re making steady progress. Can you help us close the gap?
- Re-enrollment season is in full swing. Many of you have already re-enrolled for next year, thank you! Don’t forget there is a $500 discount to all families who refer a new family to BCS for next year. Help our school grow strong and save on your tuition bill!