Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 6-8

Jeff Hartings

Jeff was an All-American football player at Penn State. He was later a first-round draft pick for the National Football League's Detroit Lions in 1996. In his eleven-year NFL career, he also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers with whom he won a Super Bowl championship and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He currently serves as the head coach for Worthington Christian School's football team. He and his wife Rebecca have eight children.

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Mediocrity and Perfectionism: Pursuing a Better Way

By Jeff Hartings on Mar 9, 2023 8:00 PM

I believe mediocrity is a temptation for all humans. Years of coaching tweens and teens have shown me that this is especially for tweens and teens. In the middle school years, students may not even realize that mediocrity is such a strong temptation. They also may not realize the opposite extreme of mediocrity: perfectionism. It is critically important for parents, mentors, teachers, and coaches of middle schoolers to not only be aware of the lure of mediocrity and the pitfalls of perfectionism, but to be able to guide students to find the healthy balance somewhere in between them. That somewhere in between is excellence.

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