Those fortunate enough to hear Dr. H. Stephen Glenn at any one of his several speaking venues last week is a little brighter eyed and more motivated today.
The soft-spoken Glenn is an internationally renowned motivational speaker recognized as one of the U.S.A.'s most outstanding family life and drug abuse prevention professionals and was one of the collaborators in the original publishing of international best selling book "Chicken Soup for the Soul." Glenn is the author of "Developing Capable Young People," a groundbreaking program he began 22 years ago.
At the Kenai Chamber of Commerce last week, Glenn spoke out about education and standardized testing, "We're finding that children come with such diverse developmental schedules that some kids are not even ready for reading and yet may be gifted at it once they are ready but we may judge them prematurely, intimidate them and right there create a major increase in our drop out rate. Those of us who are knowledgeable about education know that the high-stakes standardized testing is a serious error for us as a nation," said Glenn. Additionally Glenn added that he was seeing declining public support for education nationwide and a lot of depression among educators who are already underpaid and overworked yet are having to dig up an average of $500 out of their own pockets every year to provide the things that the kids need for learning that the public doesn't make available, "Somebody recently said to me that if I wanted to set up a voucher system, one of the best ways to do it would be to create unrealistic hurdles for students and schools to jump over until the public finally gives up hope," said Glenn.
Glenn believes that we should return to a system of diverse learning opportunities and then teach parents and teachers how to match kids to the learning model, "Many kids learn well from nature, many when you explain things to them, some kids need to see it graphed out for them to understand, others are more intuitive. So if we increase dialog at home and in school, work together celebrating each others differences and building on those rather then trying to make everybody the same and support diverse forms of intelligence, we can come up with a model that will take us where we need to go with education in the future," added Glenn. For more information on leadership materials authored by Dr. H. Stephen Glenn, go to www.empoweringpeople.com or www.capabilitiesinc.com.
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