Character Trumps Academic Proficiency
The UniversityofBandz was created by its founder Steve Brown MS who brings over 30 years of counseling and people skills from multiple disciplines including education to help address some key indicators for academic failure. The number one cause for academic failure is lack of Character. Consider, that a person of good character has a proper perspective of education and understands its value therefore they will put in the time to do whatever it takes to be the best student they can be. They understand that learning is a life long endeavor and as a human species we will never stop learning new things. That cannot always be said of people who have academic proficiencies. There are many students who have average to above average academic skill sets but they are not always the best mannered students! They can still be the class clown, the school bully, the arrogant jock, the spoiled brat, or racist, prejudiced and disrespectful to staff and fellow students.
Character is not dependent upon ethnicity, age, gender, culture, etc. Manners are manners. You either know how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, ‘how may I help you’, demonstrate, kindness, patience, self-control, mildness, peaceable, etc, or you don’t. You either know how to treat all people with respect or your don’t. You either value these qualities or you don’t.
Good Character is modeled in your home or it is not. Your culture does not dictate these values, but your upbringing does. The apple does not far far from the tree! Children usually act the way their parents act. Our children are taught at an early age, not to take things that do not belong to them, how to share, how to wait their turn, not talk out of turn, etc. These are basic skills taught by MOST families. It is like riding a bike. You do not forget how and why to do these things.
The second reason for academic failure is students and some parents do not understand the real value of education. To understand the value of anything you need to be able to compare it to something. Therefore, the ability to teach yourself and understand meaning is directly related to ones ability to create analogies, illustrations, comparisons, all of which can be difficult for students and even parents.
Consider, the more information you can store in the most powerful machine in the human body (our brain) the more we are going to understand about our environment, nature, sciences, history, math, and the people around us. All of this enhances our quality of life and our ability to appreciate the things we have and the things around us. It also effects the bottom line, how much you can earn and where you can work!
Also it is important to understand that Character NOT academic proficiency is the number one transferable skill we take in life. We are known by the things that we DO, not by the things that we know! Employers, people, non-profits, communities want to know how we deal with adversity, how we deal with set-backs, not just successes. CHARACTER determines how we respond to disappointment, how we handle failures, how we handle successes. A person of good Character does not beat themselves up emotionally when they make a mistake and they do not stand on a soap box when they are successful saying, ‘look at me aren’t I great?!’ But they are balanced in all areas of life.
Therefore our program is for all students and people everywhere. Regardless of where they start out in life, or what patch of badness they may have run into, or what mistakes they may have made, CHARACTER is something that is developed and maintained. Character is a matter of CHOICE! It can be damaged and repaired, unlike academic deficiencies. Academic deficiencies can be remediated but some people will never be able to do Trigonometry, or Calculus. Some may never be able to read well due to damage to specific regions of their brain. But CHARACTER… the ability to take the high road, display good ethics, morals and integrity are NOT dependent upon academic ability. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to have manners and positive self-esteem or to treat people with respect.
Therefore, it is not academic proficiency that makes students respectfully sit in class and listen, and do their work or participate in class. It is not academic proficiency that allows students to have manners, self-respect, dignity, self-esteem and a good self-image. It is not academic proficiency that teaches students to respect their teachers or that a student should NEVER verbally or physically attack anyone.
IT IS CHARACTER!
The staff of the UniversityofBandz would ask and invite each of you to support our initiative to help students, Be the BEST you! Value YOUR Character!