A Few of My Favorite Things

A song that comes to mind as I watch people exchanging not only gifts but pleasantries this time of year is My Favorite Things, beautifully sung by the talented Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound Of Music. But as I reflect on my personal favorite things, the Art Buchwold adage — “The best things in […]

How Do We Make Caring Commonplace?

By Barbara Gruener Early last week, a recent report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education caught my eye. “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Message Adults Are Sending About Values” reported that most young people in a recent survey said their parents and teachers rank achievement and happiness over caring for others. I immediately thought of my friend Sheila Sjolseth. She’s […]

Character Is Our Super Power!

Are you ready for a CHARACTER COUNTS! Week celebration fit for a super hero? I know we are! Have you picked a theme yet? Ours is: Character Is Our Super Power, and it has us all revved up! What will weaving character into Red Ribbon Week and making it all about healthy choices look like at Westwood-Bales? I’m glad you asked!

The Second C

For voters in this last election, effectively separating fact from fiction took a lot of critical thinking and civics knowledge. But how much civics knowledge does the average American voter actually have? If we look at the proficiency of our high school seniors, the answer is “Not enough.”