Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
THE STORY OF DEVELOPING STRENGTHS IN YOUNG PEOPLE IS NOT just a feel-good story. It is not about mere praise and self-esteem building. It’s about igniting each person’s individual potential and preparing them for successful, fulfilled lives in school and beyond. This objective has implications not just for the next generation of schoolchildren, but for the future of the world. The prevailing zeitgeist at the
opening of the twenty-first century is reflected in such books as Thomas L. Friedman’s The World Is Flat and Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind. The world lies on the cusp of great global change, the strengths movement is not about our schools as much as it is about finding the passions in our young people. Today’s youth are the force of change for the future. They are staking their claim and their voices will not be able to be silenced. It is time to listen to them. time to listen for their strengths, for in their strengths lie their contribution. Unfortunately, this happening outside of not inside our schools. We need to listen and we start listening now.