What began as a book study for Leadership Cadets at SouthWest Edgecombe High School has expanded into an opportunity that no other high school students in the nation have experienced. Dov Seidman, founder and CEO of Legal Resources Network, has teamed up with the cadets to explore the high school version of the philosophy ‘How is the Answer.’
“Dov Seidman’s book How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything has captured the attention of individuals and leaders throughout the world,” said Terry Shackleford, testing coordinator and college access advisor at SouthWest. “When I inquired about the book, they sent us 40 copies and asked that we return a photo of the students with the books.”
Shackleford explained that he was then contacted by Dr. Doug LePelley of the LRN Envision Team who is responsible for providing the HOW philosophy to individuals.
“Most recently, LePelley has been working with faculty and students at North Dakota State University in Fargo,” stated Shackleford. “When he asked me if we would like to work with him as the first group of high school students to study the HOW philosophy, I was blown away.”
LePelley spent the day with the cadets, introducing the HOW philosophy and working with students on action steps to use the concepts to promote college access and lifelong learning.
According to LePelley, the skills students are learning in high school should be considered equal to the students’ behavioral development.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for both LRN and the high school community because we will all get a chance to see if this connects for high school students,” said LePelley. “We have seen it work in the ‘For Profit’ community but this is our first attempt at public education.”
Junior Brandon Powell shared that he was immediately able to connect with the HOW ideology.
“How is not a question, it’s an answer,” Powell said. “Behaviors matter. It’s all a matter of how you go about doing things.”
After the conference with LePelley, the high school students will now provide feedback online to HOW materials LRN will be developing.
“We are certainly open to any possibilities that might empower our school and our students,” added Shackleford. “I believe that this is the beginning of a wonderful journey.”