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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 Conveyer Belt Unraveling: The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille

A Deeper Problem

One day. One trip to Barnes and Noble. Two magazines.

genius Conveyer Belt Unraveling: The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille It was interesting to read the two articles within five minutes of each other. It really made me think. First came a piece in Psychology Today (April 2014) reviewing a groundbreaking new book by Richard Saul, M.D. [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 Money, Education, or Mission (A Teenage Conversation): The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille

 The Size of Dreams

“Dad, why do teachers think their students should only have small dreams?” ChildsDream Money, Education, or Mission (A Teenage Conversation): The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille

I just about choked on my bottled water. “What?” I sputtered.

“Well, before I tell you, don’t make me quit the public school class I’m taking, okay?”

I laughed. “Alright, honey. What happened?”

“Well,” [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 Parent vs Principal(le): The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille

The New Name for the Conveyer Belt

finger gun canstockphoto15677802 199x300 Parent vs Principal(le): The Weekly Mentor by Oliver DeMille I got excited when the next reading in my day’s pile of news clippings was from Parents magazine, but the title made the corners of my mouth turn down just a bit: “School Discipline Gone Bad.”

I almost skipped it. After all, I’ve [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 Education and Career in the 21st Century: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille

The New Problem

Time magazine and The Economist recently ran articles on education and career, and how the changing economy has made the current conveyor-belt style of schooling almost entirely obsolete—for everything except low-paying jobs. The Atlantic ran a similar article showing that American workers are going to be struggling [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 Becoming Great at Inspiring Students: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille

Stand Up!

canstocktweenboystudent 300x199 Becoming Great at Inspiring Students: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille I read somewhere, I forget where, that the only people who ever get a truly great education are those who just plain stand up and demand one. They do this in spite of schools, bureaucracies, and the educational system—not because of these things.

When I first heard this [...]

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“Are you kidding me?” I asked in amazement. “Are you serious?”

The girl must have been surprised by my intensity, because she asked carefully, “Is something wrong?”

“Are you seriously telling me that your parents don’t want you to write in your [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 7 Crippling Mistakes: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille

Forbes recently released a list of 7 crippling parenting behaviors, and I found them very interesting. From the writings of Tim Elmore, as recounted by Kathy Caprino, these behaviors should at the very least make all of us stop and think.

mommy math 300x300 7 Crippling Mistakes: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille Here are the 7 Mistakes: [...]

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WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 The Almost Socratic Method: The Weekly Mentor, Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille

“As Father had taught him, he did not believe the first explanation his mind leapt to. ‘It will often be right, and as you get more experience of life is will usually be right. But it will never be reliably right, and you must always think of [...]

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The Libraries of Great Men

I recently read an interesting and fun article by Jeremy Anderberg entitled “The Libraries of Great Men: Theodore Roosevelt’s Reading List.” It’s an excellent read.

For example, Anderberg wrote:

“Reading books by your ‘mentors’—even if they’re long gone from this world—is [...]

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  WeeklyMentorBanner 1024x216 TJEd and Riding a Bike: The Weekly Mentor, by Oliver & Rachel DeMille

by Oliver and Rachel DeMille

Roses are red, violets are blue; getting a great education is fun for you.

It… tastes like chicken.

It…fill in your favorite cliché here…

But seriously, some areas of success hinge on one set of skills or knowledge, while others require multiple abilities and [...]

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