Parental Command Performance by Bill Bussey, Provost
Please put this date and time in your calendar now and keep it sacred. This is the one evening you must not miss. You’ll have something to talk about afterwards with your children, that’s for sure. Trust me, this evening will deliver the goods.
So what’s the big deal?
Dr. JoAnn Deak, one of the world’s foremost experts on adolescent development, will be speaking on "Combining Character Development and Intellectual Development: A Startling Conclusion of the Recent Brain Research."
Dr. Deak believes that “every interaction a child has over the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.” Over the last three years in particular, our nation has been engaged in a necessary discussion as to how best to address and combat bullying and harassment, how best to understand the ways young boys and girls differ socially and intellectually, and how parents and educational institutions can effectively address these concerns. Dr. Deak, a psychologist and educator, has spent the last half of her illustrious career making it her mission in life to be on the cutting edge of brain research and to guide parents and educators to be “neurosculptors” of children. Additionally, she will take questions from the audience and will be more than happy to share the hardcore evidence regarding the importance of sleep, discuss how the brain is formed over the years, and lay on the table the long-term impact of alcohol and drugs on teenage brains.
On Wed., Oct. 17, Dr. Deak will be speaking to your children in long Assembly, meeting privately with the Student Life Team, meeting with various departments of the school, and meeting with the entire faculty at the end of the day. And that evening, she will be meeting with each and every one of you.
Like most folks, I approach lectures with some level of reluctance, praying that there will be at least one piece for information you can be put to practical use. Two years ago I attended one of Dr. Deak’s seminars, and I was on the edge my seat for six hours. In my mind, she is as good as it gets. She looks at the facts and gives it to you straight. She carries nobody’s water. Agree or disagree with her, she is a breath of fresh air and important conversations will come out of her visit. I’m sure of that.
See you on Oct. 17.