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What is the point?
If you are like most people, you may have an answer along the lines of, “build a knowledge base/skill set, and then move on to get a job and be a productive member of society.”
That answer is exactly right, the key words being “skill set,” notice how we are not saying the words, “get a degree.” Sure, we must pass the required coursework and finish, but it is all too common of a misunderstanding to simply think that a lifetime of earnings and happiness will come as a result of obtaining a piece of paper that says you are proficient in reading, writing and arithmetic!
A lot has changed for our youth over the last few years, and the educational environment has changed right along with it. Regardless of the environmental changes that occur from year to year and generation to generation, the frustrations of most parents remain the same…
- “How do I get them to be more motivated?”
- “If they just planned ahead everything wouldn’t be such an emergency!”
- “They are so distracted by their cell phones and social lives!”
- “She needs to think past just getting through until the weekend”
- “I know the ability is there…He is just bored and doesn’t care!”
- “Just put the phone down and go talk in person…Work it out!!!”
- “Keep a calendar, Write things down, Organize a little better!”
And on and on…
It’s the Million Dollar Question: Can you Define the term “Life Skills?”
Sure, we all believe in them, we all think they are important, but when trying to define them do you really end up giving examples?
Many people say things like, “being on time, good communication, hard working, accountable, etc.” These are all great skills to have, but they don’t answer the question.
If you can’t define something that you think is so vitally important, then how do you intentionally teach and instill it? This is a concept that Coach Baxter internalized in 2007, when the term was thrown being thrown at Coaches and Administrators, but no one was clearly defining what they were and how they were to be instilled!!!
So over a period of 15 months, Coach Baxter created a clear and simple definition so that we can all be on the same page in developing these critically important qualities…
Early in life, is very common for us to be more attached to the idea of being someone. For example, a child says he wants to be a firefighter because he’s excited about what that person represents. Being a hero, saving lives, and fighting fires represents all that is good and that’s exciting!!
I myself wanted to be a Professional Football Player. Achieving that level meant one had to put in substantial work towards being on of the best at what you loved.
Naturally, because I loved Football and the idea of achieving great heights, that was my intention. To be a pro athlete, and fortunately, I realized that dream!