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How to Play Nice With Others

Friday, November 26th, 2010

A couple of years ago, took a poll of it’s visitors, asking them to identify what skills they learned in elementary school that they continue to use today, and what features of grade school they wished carried over to adult life. The results were revealing:

Of skills most often used in adult life, 50% of respondents said spelling and grammar skills, 28% said learning how to play nice with others, 11% said how to calculate percentages, 6% said how to dodge things coming at you, and 6% said how to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. On which feature of grade school respondents most wished carried over into work life, 59% want recess, 18% want field trips, 6% want bake sales, 6% want slumber parties, 6% liked knowing when your work was finished, and 6% liked the more structured exercises in personal affirmation that took place in school, but that don’t happen in real life.

Field trips and recess—those were the good old days, weren’t they? I’m surprised only 6% identified ‘like knowing when your work was finished’ as a feature they missed. That’s one of the things I like about grantwriting. When you send off the grant, that project is finished. And you get a moment of celebration before you start the next one.

Today I searched the CompassPoint site to find the poll, and I had no luck. But I did find a link to the Strengthening Nonprofits for Tomorrow’s Challenges page, which has a few free podcasts from that event for you to listen to or PDF’s to download.