Monthly Archives: September 2015

TRUMP IS ATOP THE SLIDE, TOO MANY AMERICANS FOLLOWING

slideThe media has been giddy about Trump’s poll numbers and his hold on some of the hearts in the GOP electorate. His substantial lead has been a quick climb up the political ladder. However, the dramatic irony is the ladder is attached to a slide.

For me the first hour of the second debate made this obvious. In fact, watching Trump’s response to the CNN reporter after the debate makes you believe that Trump himself realizes it. He repeated several times to the reporter that there was “a lot good talent on the stage… lots of good people in this race… everyone did well, no losers.” Continue reading

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Next U.S. President Needs to be a Great Teacher

“Effective teaching is the very essence of leadership.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

I would be curious which president the historians consider the greatest teacher—not by any secular position or title, but by capacity. As I consider the presidential biographies I have read, the unique and undervalued gift to teach seems to have been reserved for but a few.

Abraham Lincoln was a teacher in both word and deed.

He used true stories, fablelincolns, images, and allegories not to just entertain, but more often than not, to teach correct principles. His teaching prowess was complemented by his ability to be patient, discern, and then respond with calm judgment. Lincoln was genuine, virtuous, and simple. His simplicity and plain speaking also reflected the characteristics of a great teacher. Yet, in his day, the New York Herald accused him of being a “fourth rate lecturer, who [didn’t] speak good grammar.”[1] Continue reading

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