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Did you ever hear about the little boy whose book report said,
"This book taught me more about penguins than I wanted to know."
The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development can be a bit like that.
If I find an article there that is an easy read, I'll let you know. So far it is the usual academic stuff, LENGTHY, detailed, but written at a level that assumes the audience is intelligent, and, I have to say the detail, although something to plow through, has its good points. Instead of the usual cheerleading of this tribe is so great, specific steps are given of programs that worked, including detail on the parts that didn't work and problems that had to be overcome.
Back last September there was an article in Bismarck by someone named Gene Harper about complaints that alcoaholism in the city was because there was no entertainment for youth. He talked about ethics. About work ethics. It was like some of what Dr. Longie says in his courses about taking responsibility. He makes a different point though. He says if these youth want entertainment instead of expecting things to be given to them they should put together a plan and try to get it approved and funding. One thing he says though is that if you try to take responsibility you have to take a chance that you might fail. If those youth go to the city with a plan they need to take the same chance as everyoe else on maybe not getting approved. What does your course say about that about doing the ethical thing and not getting what you want anyway?
Here is another resource on ethics
http://media.scu.edu/ethicscenter/Doubl … P3_192.mp3
This is a lecture on the Positive Coaching Alliance
Warning: It is very long
It is interesting that he talks about how kids will do almost anything to be part of a team, yet all we ask of them is to win. He says this is a very low level of expectation. Why, he asks, don't we also require being ethical as part of a requirement for being part of a team?