Recent Posts by Donna Volpitta
Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow. All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
There are events that change us. They permanently change who we are and who we will be.
These are the events that compel us to search our souls.
These are the events that force us to face emotions.
These are the events that push us to our limits and test to see just how far we can go.
These are the events that expose our vulnerability and emphasize our interdependence.
In the hours and days following these events, we cannot comprehend the change that has taken place.
In the weeks and months following the event, we begin to recognize our new reality.
Through the years, we may even begin...
Recently, MSNBC did a segment on education and the growing realization that academic ability is less likely to predict future success than qualities such as perseverance and resilience.
In the segment, they showed a clip from one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits: You Can Do Anything. The skit is a parody of the self-esteem movement, in which kids receive trophies for showing up, are showered with unearned praise, and are generally not held accountable for high standards.
In her book, The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Kids in an Age of Self-Importance, Polly Young Eisendrath, points to...