Welcome

Since publishing The Path to Purpose in 2008, I’ve been trying to see how ideas from the book can help with some of the challenges we’re facing as we move into the 21st Century – a new era that already has shown itself to be incredibly dynamic, intricate, and rich with opportunity and risk. It is a time that has been especially tricky for many young people, in their school years and beyond. Despite heroic efforts by leaders in the worlds of business, education, and government, rates of school failure and the “achievement gap” among our students haven’t budged much over the past three decades. Post-school, legions of young adults have been drifting through life without finding anything https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/acheter-viagra-sans-ordonnance/ to dedicate themselves to that they consider meaningful. These are amazingly bright and talented young adults who deserve a chance to employ their many gifts for their own hopeful futures and that of the society that they will inherit.

Fortunately, I am not traveling alone in my post-Path-to-Purpose explorations. For one thing, during the talks that I give to parents and teachers, people in the audience share illuminating stories, insights, and comments with me, and they ask questions that help me stretch my thinking beyond anything I have previously imagined. I have many colleagues in education and psychology who offer me great ideas and give me feedback on what I’m working on. And I get fascinating e-mails from folks whom I have never met, pushing me in new directions and correcting wrongs turns I may have taken in my writing. All of this communication is tremendously generative in helping me address complex issues that are far larger than anything I could solve alone.

This is where this blog comes in. I’m starting this blog as a way to be more systematic in my efforts to communicate, and get feedback on, my explorations in new areas that I still have lots to learn about. Some of these explorations are conceptual, involving ideas about education, human development, and the future of American society. Others are practical, involving ways to bolster young people’s aspirations by helping them find purpose in life.

The blog format will provide me a way of airing new ideas of this sort. The ideas will be unproven; and in some cases they will be too hastily considered and mistaken. For this and many other reasons, I welcome your posts to this blog. I may or may not agree with what you say, but I will certainly take away something valuable from any comment that you care to make.

2 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Alan Nelson says:

    I believe that kids who are wired as social influencers are often derailed in their purpose as they’re often labeled as troublemakers, bossy, opinionated, and strong willed. While these may be true attributes, they are not based on evil motives or intentions but rather a playing out of their natural gifting. Our culture is very reticent to recognize leadership as something kids can do, as early as preschool but certainly during the preteen years. We postpone this behavior until employment years primarily, when a company identifies an employee with leadership promise and only then directs them for more formalized training. I’d like to know more about your ideas in this area specifically and any other reading or research you may have on it.

  2. Livia Thomas says:

    Mr. Damon, I received the latest copy of The Stanford Educator from my dear friend, Sister Lucille Hintze. I am very interested to read your book. I am the Title I Specialist at Grimmer Elementary School in Fremont where more than half of our students are poor and/or English Learners. Our school became a Distinguished School this year, after successfully moving beyond Program Improvement. I have incorporated Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Scholarly Habits in my annual Title I Family Education Event each year. Many of our teachers also use these Habits to motivate students and help them set goals in their classrooms. I would like to integrate the idea of purpose into this coming year’s family event. Thank you for your work in this area.
    Sincerely, Livia Thomas