We educate the hearts of children for academic success.
THE REPORT IS IN: A university research study during the 2013-2014 school year found that the implementation of Manners of the Heart reduced disciplinary problems by 30% and contributed to raising a school’s letter grade from F to D or D to C in only one year. On the contrary, control schools in the research study that did not implement Manners of the Heart, experienced a 28% increase in disciplinary referrals and a 15.6 decrease in academic achievement scores resulting in a school performance score that dropped from D to F.
With respect parents can parent and teachers can teach so children learn and communities thrive.
“He laughed at me,” screeched a kindergarten student, as she pointed across the rug to a little boy who was sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce while he nodded in agreement!
“Now, wait a minute,” I replied. “I hope no one in our classroom would laugh at anyone!”
“But, he did,” the little girl insisted.
“Well, do you know what you should do when someone laughs at you?” I said.
Another girl answered, “I do…you should tell your teacher.”
“Oh, I have a better idea,” I said as I leaned in with almost a whisper so the children would listen intently.
“When someone laughs at you, you should laugh, too! Then no one is laughing at you, they’re laughing with you! Does that make sense?” I quizzed, not sure that a kindergarten student would understand exactly what I meant.
As these kids often do, because they are Manners of the Heart kids, they got it!
The little girl who had been troubled said, “Omar, point at me and laugh again.”
Omar obliged and pointed at her while he laughed a deep belly laugh. The precious girl looked at him with a solemn expression, then pointed to herself and laughed out loud. She looked around the circle and gestured for her classmates to laugh, too. Then said, “Miss Jill, is that what you mean?”
Fighting back the tears, I said, “That’s even better than what I meant!”
These children learned a great lesson today…If you laugh at yourself when others are laughing at you, you can all stay friends!
Now, the funny part of the story is that two hours later, I attended a ladies’ luncheon. At each place setting was a cup of thick white liquid sitting at the top center of our salad plates. Looking around the table for salad dressing, and seeing none, I poured 2/3 of the thick liquid on my salad before eating. Since I’m “Mrs. Manners” and presumably know about these things, others followed by lead! You guessed it, I poured a cold soup on my salad and led others to do the same!
Laughter broke out across the table when someone realized what I had done. A sweet friend sitting next to me said, “Well, we just gave new meaning to Soup and Salad!”
“You mean, Soup on Salad, don’t you?” added another friend!
All I could do was laugh while the whole table laughed at me!
Maybe our lessons aren’t just for kids!
From my heart to yours,