Tuesday, September 17, 2013

in the classroom with CIA's leaders

by student blogger Leah


My Leadership & Ethics Class is taught by the legendary Dr. J who forms an undeniable connection with students based on his relatability. He wears a colorful homemade string necklace crafted by his daughter that will make an occasional appearance if he’s not wearing a tie and he is the first teacher I have ever had who danced in front of the class.

We start each class by scribbling quotes related to leadership or ethics on the white board and discussing their meaning to us. It is difficult to bring a new idea or quote to class because so many of the principles are the same: do good, be yourself, don’t give up, and work honestly. However, every class someone manages to bring something personal to the discussion and that is always meaningful to listen to as a classmate shares a struggle, family story, or personal belief. I wish every person in the world could take part in at least one discussion like this because it gives you a tremendous amount of hope for our future. We're all in this together. There have been some real gems revealed over the course of this semester. Here’s a few:

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” –T.S. Elliot

“I am a citizen of the world and my religion is to do good.” –Thomas Paine

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized anyway.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” –Ronal Reagan

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” –Steve Martin

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As a king, you need to understand that balance…” –Mufasa, Lion King

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway

“I wish I could shut up, but I can’t and I won’t.” –Desmond Tutu

“The greatness of truly great people lies in their appreciation of the ordinary.” –Daisaku Ikeda

“Damaged people are dangerous because they know that they can survive.” –JHIS (Just Heard It Somewhere)

“Rumor is—you only get one go-round.” –Dad

“Talk is cheap.” –Keith Richards

"There are bad ways to win and good ways to lose. What's interesting and troubling is that it's not always clear which is which. A flipped coin doesn't always land heads or tails. Sometimes it may never land at all..."
-Grimsly, Pokemon

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