Happiness & Success in High School
Educating Teenagers for Life
by George Beinhorn
Answering parents’ questions about the surprising links between happiness and high performance in the classroom. How positive feelings and individual attentionnurture success in high school, college and all of life.
Based on the 50-Year Experience of the Living Wisdom Schools
Stories, Science, Methods, Results
Learning & Joy – In High School, College, and Life
CAN A BALANCED EDUCATION solve the problems confronting schools today? Surely the answer lies in educating the individual. A lockstep curriculum that ignores each student’s special strengths sets too many up for failure. “Studying to the test” fails to give the students an in-depth awareness of underlying principles. Filling their heads with quickly forgotten facts without building on their natural enthusiasm for learning creates burnout, rebellion, and one-sided graduates who are inadequately prepared for the challenges of college and adult life. This book explains why a balanced, highly individualized curriculum that includes educating the students’ hearts as well as their minds nurtures highly engaged, happy learners who perform brilliantly in high school and beyond.
“I feel honored to be connected, however indirectly, to Living Wisdom School. I marvel at its spirit, I embrace its visionary ideal, and I celebrate its remarkable accomplishments. I urge us all to spread the word on how special a place it really is.”
—Michael S. Katz, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Secondary Education, San Jose State University (Emeritus), Past President of the American Philosophy of Education Society. Dr. Katz taught courses in applied philosophy, including moral issues and the philosophy of education. His present area of research is the ethics of teaching.
“Education for Life is an exalted call for change, based on deep insight into the potentials of every human being. It tells us how to nurture creativity, wisdom, and intuition in each child, and how to tap his unexplored capabilities.”
—Jesse J. Casbon, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School for Professional Studies at Lewis & Clark College (former Living Wisdom High School Director)
“If you could put what you are doing in the public schools, it would change the world.”
—Retired High School Principal, during initial accreditation visit to the Living Wisdom School in Nevada City, California