Monday, October 10, 2011

Helping our kids thrive

This is a great TED talk by Peter Benson that will capture your attention from the first sentence. It is about a one question that the says  we rarely talk about, "What is our vision for America's kids?"
Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world's leading authorities on positive human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development and social change, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers Dr. Benson's international reputation in human development emerged in the 1990s through his innovative, research-based framework of Developmental Assets, the most widely recognized approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. Before joining Search Institute in 1978, Dr. Benson was chair of the psychology department and chair of the program in human development and social relations at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

Here is Jon Foreman of Switchfoot singing "Thrive" a song on their new album "Vice Verses" and fits perfectly with this talk.

"I want to thrive, not just survive."

I saw this cartoon posted today and it is also appropriate.