What We Really Need to Teach Kids

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The training of the will to do good is more important than the training of the mind to know.

Both are necessary of course ...

But it is useless for the mind to know, if the will is going to choose to act wrong or not have the practice of acting right.

Take the swimmer in the above photo. He cannot learn how to swim in a classroom. We can teach him some things but until he gets into the pool, he will never learn how to swim. And if he already knows how to swim, if he wants to swim faster, he must swim more.

Many have believed that the more children know about things, such as sex, drugs, alcohol, the better it is for those children.

But if the will is not trained to act correctly on that knowledge, to pursue the good, what is the point?


As of now, the kids who know everything there is to know about sex, drugs and alcohol in many instances are the same kids constantly making bad choices.

So teaching knowledge without teaching discipline is not really education.

Etymologically, the word "education" is derived from the Latin ēducātiō ("A breeding, a bringing up, a rearing") from ēdūcō ("I educate, I train") which is related to the homonym ēdūcō ("I lead forth, I take out; I raise up") from ē- ("from, out of") and dūcō ("I lead, I conduct").

This also shows us the difference between a value and a virtue.

A value is knowing something is right or wrong.

A virtue is doing the right and avoiding the wrong.

Both are important but which one is really more important to teach?

The virtue.

So from the coaching vantage point ... if we spend hours upon hours watching film and teaching from our playbook - that is knowledge, that is a value.

But if we have little time to teach execution, doing - we are not really coaching.

If we want leaders, if we want kids making the right choices we must make time to teach virtue - both knowledge and doing.

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SportsLeader will be holding some Leadership Training Seminars this Spring in the Cincinnati and Dayton OH areas.

March 15th at McNicholas HS

April 5th at Beavercreek HS

Early May at Wyoming HS

9:30 AM: Arrive

12:30 PM: Depart (Tentative)

Leadership Training will include: Leadership Testimonies, Brain-Teaser Competitions, Trust-Building, Conflict Resolution Scenarios, Team Presentations, Debates of Real-Life Issues, Fun Physical Competitions.

Head Coach, 1 Asst Coach and 6-8 potential captains / leaders.

Email us if you have any questions.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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