(PRWEB) October 20, 2004
While the presidential candidates debate the value of the No Child Left Behind Act our children are all being held back. The premise of No Child Left Behind is admirable but the practice is severely lacking. While the program is under funded and awkward in its adherhence problems it is also sucking up supplemental monies that provide life skills programs and creative material that necessary to a well rounded education.
There is a huge gap between getting a great education and having the life skills to use that education in real life. Academics are only part of the equation when we are speaking of the success of the next generation.
"We are teaching our children to learn, but we are not teaching them to think", says Jeanne Webster, a Certified Professional Life Skills coach and author of the award winning book "If You Could Be Anything, What Would You Be? A Teen's Guide to Mapping Out the Future. "We are short changing our youth by not teaching them the real life skills they need to fully support their adult lives. Math, reading and science are vital, but if you don't know how to use them or have a direction about your future you will not be able to use your education to its fullest."
Ms. Webster is one of the foremost experts on teen and parent/teen issues and has been coaching teens since 1989. She will tell your audience and readers:
1. Why No Child Left Behind will produce a generation of testers, not doers
2. How "Life Mapping" or planning enthuses students to reinvest in their education
3.Why teaching boundaries, ethics and values are as important as reading, math and science.
4. How helping students define their skills and talents will direct and clarify their futures.
5.What parents can do to fill this educational gap before its too late.
For an interview, call Jeanne Webster at 828-524-9520 or 828-342-4030
"If You Could Be Anything,What Would You Be?
ISBN # 0-9749199-0-X
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