Recognizing and honoring our strengths

Today a student asked me why he had to take college preparatory classes when he wanted to become an auto mechanic. It was hard to explain to him how adults have decided that every child has to be college bound even if their strengths lie in another direction. This student knew that he needed hands on learning experiences, but there are none available that his family feels would be safe.

Sometimes our greatest challenge is to recognize our unique strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, when you are a child even if you do understand your own learning style, well meaning adults still direct your life. That can mean feeling powerless as you struggle to study academics that do not speak to your core needs or interest.

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