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Whole person education is more than literacy.
I write books and present programs that foster literacy — reading, writing, listening, thinking, and speaking skills — because I believe those are our highest gifts and our primary survival skills for the 21st century. But whole person education, not simply fostering literacy, is my primary goal.
Literacy alone is not enough.
Literacy is fundamental, the most basic learning tool, the key to lifelong-learning and achievement. Because virtually every social problem in America has a literacy connection, it is correctly identified as our most pressing social need. Fostering literacy in children and adults is one of the most effective and enduring ways we can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and give hope to the hopeless. But literacy alone is not enough. Some of the worst atrocities and crimes against humanity have been committed by persons who can read. Our nation's corporate scandals in recent years have been perpetrated by men and women who could read.
We need more than literacy. We need character.
Literacy is essential, but literacy alone may simply give us smarter thugs, more clever thieves and liars, more resourceful destroyers of human dignity. We need more than literacy. We need character — instruction in and commitment to ethical, honorable behavior. But character, too, falls short of what we need for a truly civilized society and world at peace where all have the opportunity to develop their full potential. Character is merely strong adherence to a moral code. If the moral code is wrong, strength of character merely increases the potential for causing human suffering and misery.
Leaders of the Socialist Workers' Party in Germany, for example, had strength of character, and so did the people who flew planes into the World Trade Center. The problem is their moral codes were wrong. Their moral codes included some people and excluded others. Because their flawed moral codes failed to include everyone, their strength of character merely increased their capacity to do horrendous evil and commit despicable acts against innocent people.
We need more than character.
The only moral code that assures human progress in peace and justice for all is love. Another word for that love is respect — respect for every man, woman, and child, without exception, and respect for ourselves and the human dignity with which each one of us is endowed.
Literacy is important. Character is important. But it is love, manifest in respect for ourselves and others, which is the highest level of human achievement. When our common goal is to be persons of love, persons of compassion and cooperation, then literacy and character will help us work for and thrive in communities where "the strong are just, the weak secure, and the peace preserved." —John Gile
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"Well developed communication skills provide greater satisfaction and fulfillment in living:
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"• They fill our lives with richness, and purpose.
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"• They enable individuals and groups of people work to together smoothly. They help us know, accept, and be ourselves." -- John Gile, "Write For Your Life"
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