Blog: Character Development
“The art of communications is the language of leadership.” --Presidential speechwriter and author James C. Humes While it is true that effective leadership thrives on communication, the fact is so does everything else to varying degrees when people interact with...
There are a lot of questions prospective parents and their sons ask about the school they’re considering; some predictable, others not so much. For example, the first question often asked by boys who are looking at the Army and Navy Academy is whether the Academy’s...
It should go without saying that the academic, personal, and social skills needed to succeed in college are beyond those required to succeed in today’s typical high school. What becomes clear immediately to incoming college or university freshmen – and their parents –...
“Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different…” --National Education Association (NEA) Schools throughout much of the developed world have added numerous resources in recent years to enhance the quality of teaching and...
For the past several years, U.S. private and public schools have placed a growing emphasis on academics, trying to deal with the rapid changes taking place in today’s world and the disturbing fact that the U.S. trails a significant number of other countries in student...
“Boys and Girls Learn Differently,” -- title of book by Michael Gurian, founder of the Gurian Institute. While there have been all-boys and all-girls schools in place for centuries, it’s only been in recent years that scientific research has shown why such schools are...
“Cadets at military schools learn to be leaders of character who are able to assess dynamic situations, make informed and timely decisions and bring to any environment.” --Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States Our nation’s young people are...
There’s been so much focus on what’s being taught in our schools’ classrooms that parents and even their adolescent and teenage children often are unaware of what learning opportunities lie beyond the traditional school day. So much can be added after school hours to...
“When I wear my Army and Navy Academy uniform, I beam with pride. Here I see myself through the admiring eyes of teachers, family, and friends who believe I will accomplish my dreams … I can’t imagine being anywhere else.” --Current Army and Navy Academy Cadet A...
Enter the Millennial generation whose members were born between 1980 and 1995 and who were the first to come of age in the new millennium. They became widely known for being especially “tech-savvy,” interested primarily in pursuing their passions, and whose consumer and business habits are thought to have killed several industries.
Teamwork is an essential part of any successful endeavor in modern life. It is especially so in the highly competitive workplace where the ability to work as part of a team is one of the most important skills in today’s job market.
Diversity awareness helps young people make more of their lives by introducing unique perspectives from multiple sources that prepare them to become enlightened and productive adults.
To suggest that a generation of young adults now in their mid-20’s and 30’s is becoming socially irrelevant may seem somewhat rash but the Millennials are being moved over by an even younger population.
The future of our nation and that of other developed countries is literally up in the air, due in large part to a growing worldwide shortage of commercial and military pilots.
Few occasions are as stressful in the lives of college-bound high school seniors (and their parents) as the time when they wait anxiously to learn whether they’ve been accepted into the college of their choice.
More parents nowadays are considering boarding school for their children, but they need to take steps to adjust to a learning environment that’s completely different from a private or public school in their hometown.
Regardless of their social and economic backgrounds, all young people need to be trained early on how to meet and overcome challenges and other forms of adversity.
Boarding schools provide the away-from-home living environment where children can develop the personal independence skills they’ll need for college later.
While there have been single gender schools for centuries, it’s only been in recent years that research has shown why such schools are the better option for educating young people.
“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”
Personal character is the primary trait that produces personal courage. Both are learned traits, gained from observing them in role models and formal character development orientation,
There’s been so much focus on what’s being taught in our schools’ classrooms that we’re apt to forget what needs to happen beyond the traditional school day
Teaching teens to cultivate grit is teaching them to believe that their personal and professional success is in their own hands. Not a bad way to begin the journey through a life of success.
Conflict is unavoidable. When humans interact with each other, there is an eventual certainty that different personal preferences, ideas, likes, and dislikes will create conflict.
It seems courage, follow-through, resilience, and excellence – collectively referred to as “grit” — are in short supply among today’s youth.
Goal setting is fundamental to long-term success. After all, it’s difficult to get to a desired destination before you it’s been clearly defined.
The top private military boarding schools in the U.S. send around 98% of their graduates to college and university, with only a very small percentage enlisting directly after high school.
Boarding schools offer an opportunity to develop resiliency, independence and a higher level of college prep than the best public or independent day school.
Overall, OCC taught me how to be a leader, use proper communication, and how to make life decisions that affect me for the better.
Read about two graduates of the Class of 1955 who are well-remembered for their achievements in the arts.