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Building, Boys, Making Men:
Our Character Education Program
Building Boys, Making Men is a PDS-created program designed to give boys a godly vision and definition of manhood.
We believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices during their teenage years and beyond.
The definition of manhood we teach our boys:
A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.
We believe that, absent a compelling vision for godly manhood, boys will accept a number of unhealthy and unwholesome myths of manhood that will short-circuit the plan God has for them as men. In addition to developing this vision for manhood, the program helps to develop a boy's faith, character, and values.
How We Teach the Program
Our boys learn this definition and the seven virtues listed above through chapel programs, class meetings, devotions, classes, and their relationships with the PDS faculty and staff. The program develops a boy’s character, values and faith and offers many practical applications. The specific curriculum for our boys varies depending on the grade level and is age appropriate.
Fifth and sixth graders take a year-long seminar centered on the question of what it means to be a man. They discuss the issues presented in Flight Plan: Your Mission To Become A Man, written by former Headmaster Lee Burns and Chaplain Braxton Brady. The 194 page book discusses the definition, virtues and myths of manhood, and then it covers numerous teenage issues they will encounter, ranging from peer pressure and drinking, to dating and sex, to pornography, music, money, and school.
The Seven Virtues of Manhood
The Humble Hero
True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.
The Servant Leader
A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.
Flight Plan Curriculum
Our custom-designed character education currciulum which features our book Flight Plan.
Flight Plan Curriculum
Schools, churches, families or other people who work with boys may purchase the 6th-grade curriculum, which may also be used with older boys as well.
We believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices. Podcast host Braxton Brady talks about casting a vision of godly manhood and womanhood for our kids.
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