Recent Episodes

“Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Self-Development


When is the right time to put your own needs above others? Students must make decisions in life about how to treat themselves and others. There is a tension in deciding whose needs should assume greater importance. Sometimes the selfish instinct takes over and there is a laser ..
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“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” Benjamin Franklin – Responsibility


Should you always follow the rules? Everywhere a student goes there are rules, at home, in the classroom, and in society. The effectiveness of these rules depends on people's willingness to obey them. Students like to question the rules, especially when they feel the rules ar ..
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“It is by suffering those human beings become angels.” Victor Hugo – Suffering


Do you have to go through suffering to be a good person? Suffering is a fact of life. Sometimes the suffering occurs on an individual level; others times it is shared with others. People react to suffering in very different ways. Some become bitter while others use sufferin ..
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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” Harriet Tubman – Dreams


Is dreaming good for us? Ask the students what they dream about and you are sure to get a wild variety of interesting answers. Students dream all of the time and some use them to set lofty goals for their life pursuits. Others see dreams as fake pictures of reality. However th ..
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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” FDR – Fear


How do we know when we should be afraid? Fear is an emotion we can all identify with. Fear causes stress and discomfort, and makes us do things we would not otherwise do. People react to fear in different ways. Some remain calm; others lose control of their mind which causes e ..
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“Isolation is a way to know ourselves.” Franz Kafka – Isolation


Is social distancing healthy for us? The Coronavirus outbreak of 2020 has driven society into isolation. Schools are closed, and businesses are shut down. Our social lives have stopped functioning, and we’re at home with much more alone time. Isolation can breed some sadness ..
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“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.” Seneca – Kindness


Do all people deserve kindness? When students interact with others, they have a lot of moral decisions to make. It’s hard for them to decide exactly how to treat other people, especially strangers. They often don’t have much information to go on, and must rely on their int ..
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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Conflict


What's the best way to convert an enemy to a friend? Every student knows a little something about enemies and conflict. They don’t get along with everybody and these inevitable conflicts force them to make choices about how to treat other people. These choices have real cons ..
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“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Maya Angelou – Success


Can you be successful in life without doing what you love? Success, students are told, comes from doing well in school, building friendships, and finding the right career. The only problem is they aren’t told exactly how to find this success and whether actually loving what ..
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“The person with dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein – Imagination

“The person with dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein – Imagination


Do you need knowledge or imagination to have influence in the world? Some students are dreamers who live comfortably thinking about a world not yet created. Then, there are the ‘down to earth’ students who find comfort in facts. These two groups often clash during group pr ..
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“The best fighter is never angry.” Lao Tzu – Anger


Is anger always self-destructive? Anger is an emotion that all of us have to manage throughout our lives. Students get angry with their teachers, friends, and parents. It’s important for them to develop a self-awareness around their anger so that they can decide when getting ..
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“He has the most who is content with the least.” Diogenes – Happiness


What does it take to be happy? Students think that more is better - more money, influence, friends and good grades. The idea of cutting back on desire isn’t attractive, yet we can’t have it all. Throughout life students must make smart choices about what they want and how ..
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