Recently, Hasbro -- the toy and game maker -- reported it lost more than $2 million last quarter, compared to a $17 million profit in the same period last year. That's enough to make any executive re-think their product. So -- like many others -- Hasbro has begun adjusting their toys and games to fit today's generation of kids, who are
If you’re like me, you enjoyed the conversations and the film shown yesterday as America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. I was young, but I actually remember that day—watching our black and white TV, seeing this eloquent African-American preacher speak to over 200,000 people on the Washington Mall in our nation’s capitol. As I
A futurist and founder of "What's Next," which charts trends in society, business and technology, said schools are increasingly expected to teach beyond conventional subjects to give children a moral framework for their lives. It has resulted in parents blaming teachers -- and threatening legal action -- if their children go off the rails or misbehave outside the classroom.
One of the crying needs of our day is to equip our youth to lead the way into the future. Certainly we must teach them to be followers first—but there is a great need for leadership development as they graduate and enter their careers.
The University of Michigan just released a report on their own study. They showed that Facebook, while it has many positive qualities, can reduce young adults’ sense of well-being (self-esteem) and satisfaction with life. The more they browsed, the worse they felt. More time on-line just makes it worse.
This week I am blogging about students from Generation iY (those born since 1990) who don’t fit the stereotype: they’re not lazy or entitled, not addicted to rewards, and who have a good work ethic. Today—I plan to venture over to India.
As I speak at student events, I meet “exceptions to the rule” almost everywhere. They are young adults who break the mold and don’t fit into the typical stereotype, as an entitled slacker with low emotional intelligence. (Pardon my bluntness, but so many articles I read these days are totally down on teens and twenty-somethings.)
Today, I want to switch gears and talk with our special guest, Michael Ford who is the Associate Dean of Campus Life at Wake Forest University. You may be surprised to learn who Mike’s parents are. Gerald Ford and Betty Ford; the former President of the United States and his wife, a leader in the women’s equality movement.
There is a reason why these lies are dangerous. Each of them is built on a fallacy. The false foundations are not stable enough to build a life on, and will ultimately crumble. A young person who buys into a lie will eventually sabotage their future.
I’ve found, as leaders, we’re either an ostrich or an owl. We play defense or offense when it comes to preparing students for the world that awaits them. I am not a pessimist, but I do believe our culture has done a number on students today.
Ultimately, love doesn’t coddle, it cultivates. If we love our students, we will do everything in our power to equip them for the future. It has little to do with our need for love or our need to be needed. It has everything to do with their need to be self-reliant and on their own. This is our measuring stick.