Preppies Take Note: Military Schools Outperform You.

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Preppies Take Note: Military Schools Outperform You.

Psychologist says schools’ similarity to parents of first-borns is reason why.

Santa Ana, California (PRWEB) September 4, 2003 - Military schools, long associated with strict rules, honor codes and juvenile delinquents, perform better than other schools. Behavioral psychologist Thomas K. Connellan, PhD., says he knows why. He says it’s because military schools mirror the parenting given to first-borns.

Conellan’s studies show that while military schools have a greater percentage of black and Hispanic students, and that half of the students live below the poverty line, they still outperform traditional schools. Military school students score sixty percent higher than the national average in reading, second only to Connecticut public schools, and boast a ninety-seven percent graduation rate.

“At the heart of this success,” Connellan says, “is accountability.” He points out that parents, teachers and students are immersed in a culture of accountability. “Accountability, in military school culture, is seen as something positive,” Connellan points out, “and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities. In this atmosphere, behaviors like passing the buck are unlearned.”

In his second book, New York Times best selling author, Tom Connellan, says that accountability is just one of the behaviors that military schools have in common with the parents of first-borns. In Bringing Out the Best in Others! 3 Keys for Business Leaders, Educators, Coaches, and Parents (Bard Press, Feb. 2003), Connellan says these keys are expectations, accountability and feedback, three factors inherent in both military school culture, and parents of first-borns.

Connellan points to hundreds of studies on first-born children, and says that their seeming overachievement has been noticed for decades, if not longer. It’s the identification of the three factors in his book, expectations, accountability and feedback, that now make them applicable.

“You don’t have do be a first-born child to perform like one,” says Connellan. “You just have to live by their standards.” Which, according to Connellan, is exactly what military schools are doing.

Connellan is former Program Director and Research Associate on the University of Michigan Business School faculty and an advisor to Dell, Marriott, the Air Force Academy, GE, Sony, and Neiman Marcus.

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