If you know the Tribes TLC process, you’ve heard those words before. They were intended, several years ago, to awaken the need for an overhaul in the way we “do school”.
Now, sadly, we revisit that phrase to awaken the need for a deliberate reflection in the way we behave, in the wake of the “Tucson Tragedy”.
The call for “civility” is front-page news. Words like “change the behavior”, “work together”, “no more finger pointing”, “show respect”, and “tolerance” are now a positive expectation to be modeled by our politicians and social icons.
Inclusion, influence, community, social competence, appreciation, no put downs, respect, working together, autonomy, agreements, and resiliency are not just words, but deliberate practice in the Tribes TLC process. The call to action we hear and read about everyday has been a “way of being and learning together” for decades for those who know and model the Tribes TLC process in their classrooms, schools, and lives.
For all of you out there who teach and train through Tribes, the ‘time is now’ to help us get the word out. Tribes is a process that creates a culture that maximizes learning and human development. It’s not magic, it’s not a fix-it program, it’s not an add-on to an already fully packed agenda; it’s a way of being together.
It’s what we need, now more than ever, not just for education, but also for our society, our culture, for U.S.