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How Has Learning Changed For Today’s Youth

Master Mary Ann Walsh respected the well known educator Jeanne Gibbs who espouses that today's learning environment is much different and far more multi-faceted than in the past due in part to today's information technology.

In fact, today's learning experience is so different that the brain function of today's youth has literally been modified by the new learning environment.

Youngsters excel best in a multi-sensory, multi-faceted and challenging environment that engages the mind, body and spirit.

Gibbs advocates her Tribes® process with its mission summarized as follows:

The mission of Tribes® is,

“To assure the healthy development of every child so that each has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.”
(Gibbs, J. (2001).  Tribes.  A New Way of Learning and Being Together.  Windsor, California: CenterSource Systems, LLC. page 22)

According to Gibbs, Tribes® is,

“a democratic group process, not just a curriculum or set of cooperative activities.” A ‘process' is a sequence of events that lead to the achievement of an outcome.  The outcome of the Tribes® process is to develop a positive environment that promotes human growth and learning.”
(Ibid page 21)

Instructors certified through the non-profit U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and teaching the Moo Duk Kwan's® proprietary Soo Bahk Do® martial art system provide a positive, challenging, multi-sensory, multi-faceted, technology supported and multi-cultural environment that strengthens the mind, body and spirit of every student.

Certified instructors emphasize strong core values, harmonious group interaction and personal responsibility in every student. The highly codified training curriculum also provides students with a progressive and incremental series of opportunities for success and recognition by their peers that inevitably results in personal growth and enhanced self esteem.

Students participating in the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system typically exhibit improvement in, but not limited to, self esteem, confidence, leadership initiative, grades, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, physical skills and bully proofing.

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Self Esteem The Key To Life

Self-Esteem, The Key To Life
From “Tribes” by Jeanne Gibbs
Handed out by Master Mary Ann Walsh 

The primary resource predicting the success or failure of each person as a human being is a precious energy known as “self-esteem”. The adolescents who still demonstrate stages of social development appropriate for very young children are arrested in their growth. Indeed they are stuck at earlier infantile stage and become problems for parents, teachers, peers, society . . . and themselves.   Sensing their inadequacy, they live self-confirming prophecies that “I am not capable. . . I cannot learn . . . “I am no good at anything.”  They lack positive self-esteem.

One educator sums it up this way. “deep inside is a longing . . . a sense of hollowness wanting to be filled. It is a need to connect with a positive sense of self and with others. The more positive the self-image, the less painful the longing . . . the less positive the self-image the more painful the longing. Too often we use temporary “fillers” such as drugs, alcohol, compulsive anti-social activities to blot out the hunger and give a temporary sense of self. It is only as we find positive self respect and “connectedness to others” that we can sense our true value.  The painful longing diminishes and the hollowness is filled with self-worth. It is then that we even self-confirm positive images of ourselves.”

Studies have shown that self-esteem is not related to family, education, wealth, social class, geographical living area, father's occupation or having mother at home. It comes from the quality of relationships that exist between the child and those who play a significant role in his life. It is a person's assessment of “the self-pictures” reflected back to him from others daily.

Self-esteem is “a quiet inner knowing saying I'm glad to be me.”  It is a sense of self-respect, a feeling of self-worth.

Three main areas convey loveability and worth to children:

  • affirmation of their positive qualities from parents, teachers and other significant caretakers;
  • affirmation from peers and siblings
  • affirmation to themselves based on their own experiences of competency success (“I did that well.” “I am good at reading.” “Arithmetic is easy for me”)

Children value themselves to the extent they have been valued