It is literally taking all the self control I can conjure up not to post a list of my most recent accomplishments in my house and life. But as I’ve made an unwritten and completely personal pledge to avoid becoming “that (stay at home) mom” I’m not going to do it. I’m simply going to say, there is a reason for the my lack of writing lately.

My focus is elsewhere.

Triumphant elsewhere.

But on the subject of self-control, I have to now make a comment on the final story presented in Rock Center last night (my new favorite Thursday television). It was a short bit on two different schools (one public, one private) and their new approach to education.

The catch phrase used is “True Grit.”

What it refers to is the teaching and learning of self control through consequences, personal responsibility, and failure.

At first, I had the notion to mock the whole thing when my original sentiment was basically identical to the first part of this guy’s comment (note: I’ve left his original punctuation in tact even at the risk of losing the point of the comment):

Instructors are trying to make it sound like, “grit” is a new idea, when talking about self control! Self Control has been on of the, “Fruits of the Holy Spirit”, for thousands of years. Maybe we need more God in the schools?  -John T. Flynn, website comment (and potential graduate of the “trophy generation”).

Frankly, at this point in history, I’m a little afraid of which “God” might come back to public school, so I’m actually okay with the current separation of church and state. But as far as virtues go, I love that in the year 2012, self-control is considered a new and revolutionary idea.

But then I remembered five years of classroom teaching.

And I found myself in awe of the interviewed middle school kids talking like they actually had brains of their own.

It’s true. Self-control is a new and revolutionary idea.

We need to bandwagon this trend, and quick.

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  • “…learning of self control through consequences, personal responsibility, and failure.” I tried to tell our school system this years ago. They were afraid of traumatizing my son, so without knowing the subject matter or doing the work he still passed to grade three.

    What do I know, I’m just a parent.

    Today I’m a parent of a drop out. When failure hit the boy between the eyes he had no skills to cope and being a teenager, accepting my help was out of the question.

    Worst two years of my life. I finally had to let it go. 🙁

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