With school shootings, cyber bullying and teen suicide on the rise around our country, our youth need help. 

The “do unto others” foundation of former generations seems to be lacking in today’s youth who have no focus on core ethical values. 

Children should be learning these skills sets in school, but often times they are not.  With many schools limiting character building classes and activities due to academic pressure paired with more working  parents, who is responsible for these teachings?

Children spend more time at school and extracurricular activities than ever before.  The lack of  instruction is now becoming more apparent with schools coming under heavy scrutiny concerning the well-being and education of our children.  

“In the long run, I’m not sure that it matters if a student learns algebra, but I know that it matters if a student learns right from wrong,” says George Booz, former principal at South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Maryland, a school nationally recognized for its character education program.

“I know that it matters if a person learns that in this world we have to help each other. I don’t see how we get around that.”

Character Education is a process of teaching children the importance of core ethical values, such as tolerance, respect and compassion. 

Character Education has been shown to provide a 23% increase in social and emotional skills, an 11% improvement on achievement test scores, a 9% reduction in problem behaviors and a 52% increase in graduation rate. 

Effective programs engage children in hands-on activities where good character is emphasized throughout the school environment as well as through the curriculum. 

While studies show 93% of teachers support Character Education in schools, these teachings are most effective when they start in our homes.

Whether you are a parent, educator, friend or family member, each and every one of us who comes in contact with a child plays an important role in their development. 

It’s time to stop asking who is responsible. We are all responsible for helping to guide today’s children into compassionate, kind and confident young adults of tomorrow.

With time ticking and the need growing, The American School of Protocol® has created a new 1-Day Training Conference, Cultivating Character™ to help combat this crisis.

A Pre-K through High School series, Cultivating Character™ provides excellent benefits to anyone working closely with children.  Participants in Cultivating Character™ will receive the education and materials needed to become an influential instructor. 

For more information on Cultivating Character™ and how you can help click here

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At The American School of Protocol®, we are fortunate to host students from around the world during each Etiquette Certification Training class.  This month, we had attendees from Canada, China, Bahamas, India, The Virgin Islands, and the states!  What a wonderful opportunity to share our individual cultures and traditions during a week of exciting etiquette education.

There are many simple ways to broaden your cultural knowledge:  Seek out an unfamiliar ethnic restaurant each month.  Focus on local hangouts when traveling, as opposed to popular sightseeing destinations.  Read books by authors of different nationalities.  Attend a worship service other than your own.  Regularly share a meal with someone from another nationality.  Any and all of these simple steps can promote understanding and appreciation among the many cultures that make up the world in which we live.

Enjoy this short True/False quiz to test your Cultural IQ.

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1. Over 6000 different languages are spoken throughout the world.

TRUE: Approximately 6,500 languages are spoken around the world.

2.  Aloo Gobi is a popular Vietnamese food.

FALSE: Aloo gobi is a vegetarian Indian dish made with potatoes, cauliflower and Indian spices.

3. One of the Five Pillars of Islam is called zakat and means almsgiving.

TRUE: The five pillars of the Islamic faith are shahada (confession of faith), salat (prayer), zakat (almsgiving), sawm (fasting, especially during the month of Ramadan), and hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca).

4. English is the most common language spoken in the world today.

FALSE: The most common language in the world is Chinese with 1,197,000,000 speakers. This is followed by Spanish (414,000,000) and English (335,000,000).

5. The currency of Nigeria is the Naira.

TRUE: One (1) Nigerian Naira = .00315 US Dollar

6. If you keep Kosher, shrimp is on your menu.

FALSE: The term ‘Kosher’ refers to biblical laws governing which foods a Jewish person may eat and their preparation. Only fish with fins and scales are allowed, such as tuna, salmon, and herring. Shellfish such as shrimp, crab, mussels, and lobster are forbidden.

7. In Nepal, you could greet someone with the word “Salaam”.

FALSE: ‘Salaam’ is from the Persian language (also known as Farsi). You could greet someone this way in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, as well as parts of Uzbekistan and Bahrain.

8. Christianity is the most commonly practiced religion in the world.

TRUE: Christianity is the largest form of organized religions in the world with approximately 2.1 billion believers. It is followed by Islam (1.3 billion).

9. In Korea, it is considered impolite to hold the bowl of soup or rice with your hands.

TRUE: Holding the rice bowl with your hands is acceptable in in other Asian countries like China or Japan, but not in Korea.  Another tip for dining in Korea: wait for the oldest person to sit down before taking your seat.

10. The United States has the most educated populace in the world.

FALSE: Over 50% of Canada’s population has been educated at the post-secondary level, making it the most highly educated country in the world.  Canada is followed by Israel (45%) and Japan (44%).

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Our newspapers and television are filled with data on budget cuts for education throughout the United States.  Educating our youth is not someone else’s problem, it is a problem that rests firmly on each American’s shoulders.

There is an enormous connection between poverty and academic success.  Slashing funding and scholarship money allows America’s youth to fall further behind the rest of the world.  That translates into a work force that brings our economy down.  As a society, in order for our nation to prosper, education should be one of our country’s top priorities.

At The American School of Protocol®, we firmly believe and support the fact that “a mind stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.”

Education for our children is worth investing in.  They are our countries next leaders and America’s future.