Is Your School Preparing Students for Having A Purpose?

Is Your School Preparing Students for Having A Purpose?

Is Your School Preparing Students for Having A Purpose?

In his new book A Sense of Purpose: Identifying The Benefits Of Having A Purpose, Dr. Theodore B. Kohler shows how schools can foster the kind of relationships that are essential for developing a sense of purpose. Kohler teaches at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and, for more than 15 years, has been the senior research director for SRI International’s Corporate Leadership and Strategy Research Laboratory.

A Sense of Purpose: Identifying The Benefits Of Having A Purpose explores how much parents, teachers, friends, leaders, and leaders of all levels are responsible for fostering a greater sense of purpose in their students.

In A Sense of Purpose, Kohler examines the idea of a purpose-driven life from a range of cultural perspectives – from Aristotle, who coined the term in the 4th century BCE, to the perspective of General Colin Powell, who speaks of a purposeful American citizenry to the platform plank of Hillary Clinton, which he calls “Life Matters.”

Kohler shows how profound a change the five tips he discusses can help make in a person’s life:

• Become involved with civic or philanthropic organizations

• Committed to helping others

• Cultivate patience

• Be honest with yourself

• Share credit

He also addresses ways in which society can facilitate the development of a sense of purpose in individuals.

Does your organization give students a sense of purpose?

• How does your individual education system support students taking time to reflect on their purpose, then finding unique ways to apply that purpose?

• Have you harnessed the power of peer groups to promote the development of a sense of purpose among students?

“My belief is that it’s essential for individuals to have a sense of purpose to remain focused, to remain fulfilled, to stay committed,” Kohler told American Heritage Magazine. “Children who don’t have purpose are apt to grow up expecting something from life that they can’t have and not achieve.”

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