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(November 2017 Newsletter) Superintendent’s Message: Thinking About Success for Our Children

By Garn Christensen

This fall, two of my grandchildren joined me for an afternoon of roller skating. I considered it a success as by the end of the afternoon the four-year-old had more bruises on his behind than grandpa. I thought
of these two as I read an article in a superintendent’s magazine. It suggested that for an 18-year-old to be successful in today’s world, they must be able to: 

• Talk to strangers.
 Find his or her way around their
community and the world.
• Manage assignments, workloads, and
deadlines.
• Contribute to the running of a
household.
• Handle interpersonal problems.
• Cope with ups and downs.
• Earn and manage money.
• Take risks.

The writer of the article is Julie Lythcott-Haims. She was a dean at Stanford University and the author
of the book “How to Raise an Adult” published June 9, 2015.
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