A bit more from Terry Small
Recently, a parent sent an interesting article to the Elgin Park Learning Center. In it, Dr. Perry says, “How well you do in school may have as much to do with how well you think you are doing, as how smart you are”. Dr. Perry has led a six-member group of researchers on a three-year study of why some students excel at learning in the face of obstacles, challenges, and setbacks. The findings point directly at the critical role that attitude plays. “It’s not that successful people don’t fail, but when they fail, they think differently about the failure,” he says. “The successful person might blame the failure on lack of effort or poor study strategy, while the unsuccessful person might attribute the problem to lack of ability.” In short, they have different attitudes. According to Dr. Perry, the difference amounts to a sense of control. If students believe something more can be done, they can overcome all kinds of difficulties. If, on the other hand, they become convinced of an inherent lack of potential, even the most favorable teaching conditions will not benefit them.
And later on…
Charles Swindoll says, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life…the remarkable thing is we have a choice each day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
As I grow into the principal’s role I believe this strongly.
And this is why the virtues are so important to a child. They are affirmed for their virtues and goodness is called from them as they are encouraged to use and practice their virtues including the ones they do not perceive as strengths. The virtues project stance is that we have all the virtues in potential – just as a seed has a whole tree in potential.