Blog Entry:

Positioning Children to Learn

April 05, 2013

I just can’t help but share a letter with you from a teacher in Iowa:

Dear Jill,

Two years ago, my second year of teaching, I had one of those groups of students that every teacher has to endure at least once in their career. To say they were out of control and a real challenge would be putting it mildly, and I teach kindergarten!! After that experience, I decided there must be a curriculum somewhere that I could use to teach manners to these future adults.

My mother heard you interviewed on the radio and told me about your book, Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. I loved the book and passed it on to our principal. After reading the book, she ordered it for our professional library and allowed me to order the program and pilot it in my room.

To say the program has been a success would be an absolute understatement. The related arts teachers noticed a difference in my class compared with the other classes they work with. My class listened to and followed directions, were respectful to adults and were better at solving problems with other kids.

Thank you again for all of the hard work you have put into writing the book and creating this program.

Ms. Boeding

Without Manners of the Heart our public schools will never solve the issue of low academic achievement and violent behavior. Our private schools will never solve the issue of high drug use and vandalism. Manners of the Heart doesn’t tell children they’re great, we help them become great. We don’t tell children they’re the best, we help them become their best. We don’t ask them to do the right thing for a reward, but to do the right thing because it’s good for society.

My mission and hope is that one day every child in America will receive Manners of the Heart as the foundation of their education.

From my heart to yours,


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