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Opinion & Essays - Dec, 1991 Issue 

Who You Are And What You Do
By Dr. Curtis VanAlfen, Education Director
Discovery Academy, Provo, Utah
(801) 374-2121

The Discovery Academy in Provo, Utah is a school whose educational program is designed around a rather unique concept. The school is working toward harmonizing, "who you are" and "what you do."

In far too many interpersonal relationships there is a distance between who you are and what you do. When this is the case, a space of hypocrisy is created. Out of this hypocrisy comes mistrust, doubt, anxiety and stress. When these conditions are present it is very difficult for learning or personal growth of any kind to take place.

It is the desire of each member of the Discovery Academy staff to create an environment where relationships of trust are developed, feeling of service to one another mature, and visions of greatness become part of all participants' lives.

As these feelings of trust, service and vision develop, the teaching goal is to develop self reliance. This comes about through a process of learning, valuing and perceiving.

As a result of this process the fundamental objective is to bring "who you are" and "what you do" into greater harmony. Through teaching, learning, valuing, perceiving trust, service and vision develop. It is one continual round.

The students at Discovery Academy know they can trust the staff because they too are working to bring into harmony in their lives "who they are" and "what they do."

Copyright 1991, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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