When I was a child, anytime I failed or had to deal with a difficult situation, my dad always had the same response: “It’ll build character.” I was never allowed to mope or whine. I was taught to learn from adversity and to try to gain something positive from all of my experiences. I am forever thankful to my dad for teaching me that lesson.
I thought about my dad when I saw this piece from Rock Center with Brian Williams a few weeks back. Many teachers and schools around the country are making the extra effort to value character and perseverance as much as grades. We often get caught up in the importance of getting good grades, but we need to always remember that teaching students to be good people needs to be a very high priority, if not the highest.