“When children aren’t given the space to struggle through things on their own, they don’t learn to problem-solve very well.
“They don’t learn to be confident in their own abilities, and it can affect their self-esteem.
“The other problem with never having to struggle is that you never experience failure and can develop an overwhelming fear of failure and of disappointing others.
“Both the low-confidence and the fear of failure can lead to depression, anxiety, or self-doubt.”
Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege
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About American Education Defenders and Founder Paul Lloyd Hemphill
In 2020 I started a non-profit company as a direct response to the negative classroom influences on the self-esteem of our nation’s children. The solution, I believed, required a creative and appealing approach to teaching American history. It’s a direct result of finding self-esteem meaning that overcomes self-doubt and encourages self-reflection.
I started American Education Defenders, Inc. The company takes its inspiration from a best-selling book I wrote in 2018, which remains in the Amazon Top 20 in its category.
The video program is named after the book. It has proven to elevate the self-esteem of our nation’s youth in order that they become better people and solid citizens.
What surprised me was the bonding moment that the videos presented to both parents and children.
To do it, I use stories from a single American historical event, the Battle of Gettysburg, to demonstrate its valuable life lessons. American history teachers and their students can use them to discover what they are capable of.
And equally important, students discover how each lesson relates to their daily lives immediately after exposure to the videos.
The American history textbook is now, well, history.
American history is now relevant, appealing, and most importantly, it’s personal.
I’ve written 3 self-help books for teens and 4 books on college planning. I’ve produced over 50 videos on life lessons from American history, over 200 videos on college admission and financing, and I’ve narrated 5 of my own audiobooks.
And I had time to appear in over 30 TV interviews from Boston to Washington, DC.
Nearly 4,000 Facebook followers love to watch how I get a life lesson from what is a historical event. I never had to advertise to get followers.
My wife and I are 2X cancer survivors. You can imagine that our perspective on life is one of gratitude.
For 19 years I was a college admission strategist, with a 96% success rate in getting high school students into their first-choice colleges. It was all about marketing, not about grades and test scores.
I have a degree in philosophy, received the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while in the US Army, and I’m married with two sons who were once firmly committed and overly-dedicated teenagers!
The effect of my speaking gigs is to show why students and teachers already possess American values, of which they are mostly unaware. They can propel them to recognize their many talents under very stressful conditions. It motivates students to say “WOW!” to a newly energized self-image that says…