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This is the first article in a three part series on helping our children grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).

I recently read an article about how artificial intelligence will transform so many things that the entire way schools teach children must change. The article argued that most of what is done in the workplace will soon be done by machines and robots. If artificial intelligence can provide most of the knowledge and skills traditionally taught in schools, the author suggests, the most important thing we can teach is character. Skills and information might become irrelevant, but character is essential to navigating every part of history—even the years ahead of us.

 


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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
The True Friend

Stands Up, Stands By

● Displays compassion and kindness
● Encourages his classmates
● Shares what he has
● Honors his promises
● Looks at the heart of others
● Serves and helps those around him
● Tells the truth
● Shares his emotions
● Loves all of his neighbors
● Stands by and stands up for his classmates

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5th Grade - The Seven Virtues of Manhood

At PDS, we want every boy to learn what it really means to be a man. That’s why we wrote The 7 Virtues of Manhood, which walks boys through each of the virtues and shows them what the virtues look like in daily life — at school, with friends, at home, and with God.

Each month, 5th-grade boys are reading that chapter for that month’s virtue — you can see what this month’s virtue is above.

The Seven Virtues of Manhood

 

6th Grade - Flight Plan

To equip boys as they grow into men, PDS spent the past 20 years developing Flight Plan, a clear, candid guidebook that unpacks what godly manhood is and what it looks like in daily life — in peer pressure, puberty, grades, dating, and more.

  • Chapter 01: Prepare For Takeoff - September 5
  • Chapter 02: The Six Myths Of Manhood - September 19
  • Chapter 03: The Seven Virtues - October 17
  • Chapter 04: Finding Your True Friends - October 31
  • Chapter 05: Resisting Peer Pressure - November 14
  • Chapter 06: The Dangers Of Alcohol And Drugs - December 12
  • Chapter 07: Relationships And Dating - January 16
  • Chapter 08: Understanding Puberty - January 18
  • Chapter 09: Purity And Porn - January 23
  • Chapter 10: Screens, Stories, And Songs - February13
  • Chapter 11: Loving Your Family - February 27
  • Chapter 12: Why School Matters - March 20
  • Chapter 13: Targeting True Success - April 3
  • Chapter 14: Cleared For Take Off - April 24

You can explore more Flight Plan resources for you and your son — like discussion questions, life skill infographics, and action steps — at flightplan.org. Just go to flightplan.org/takeoff to create your account.

Flight Plan