Should a College Course Be Based on Stephen R. Covey?


In our Facebook and Twitter streams we recently linked to a news article about a proposal by Alamo Colleges in San Antonio to replace a required humanities course with one based on the work of Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While the faculty of Alamo Colleges object to this change based on academic grounds, there is an additional religious problem, as is discussed in this article on our website:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a book written by Stephen R. Covey, former Brigham Young University professor and founder of the Covey Leadership Center, has been a runaway best-seller for the last decade. A major premise of The Seven Habits has to do with one’s paradigm on life-one’s worldview, the basic set of assumptions about life that filter all one’s perceptions of life, and color one’s understanding of all of life.1 These assumptions are so basic to one’s thinking that one seldom notices their existence, much less questions their accuracy. However, they may or may not correspond to reality. To the degree that one’s paradigm on life errs, all one’s perceptions of life and of others in one’s life will be skewed, creating unnecessary misunderstandings, hurt, and possibly even danger to oneself and others. And the damage potential of the wrong paradigm on life extends all the way to eternity.

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