Cultivate possibility. Challenge myths. Build on strengths.
I challenge the notion that teens who are not top performers have something wrong with them and are ill positioned for future success. In its place, I propose a new model based on my work in positive change–a model that holds a young person’s well-being at its core. Instead of chasing grades and results on standardized tests, my vision affirms that every student is gifted and free to develop and showcase his/her innate talents in school and career.
Myth #1: If You’re Not a Top Student, You’re Lazy or Dumb
Myth #2: Straight A’s Buy Happiness
Note: the movie Race to Nowhere depicts some unhappy consequences of myth #2.