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BOYS ONLY: Life skills are tied to learning at ETA

August 20, 2013

Eagle Tech Academy faculty member, Jason Beer, teaches a group of students how to tie a necktie in one of several workshops taught Thursday to high school boys. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — High school boys at Eagle Tech Academy spent a rather unconventional day at school learning life skills not found in a text book.

Thursday, girls and boys were split for the day as a way to give the students some exposure to lessons that were outside the norm.

While the girls were in a series of workshops pertaining to emotional management, etiquette and how to dress professionally, the boys had their own classes to attend.

One session centered around controlling anger and violence. ETA faculty members, Joe Urschel and Jessie Kimmel, helped to facilitate a discussion on the difference between strength and respect and why society respects people for reserving their power to inflict harm. Students explored non-violent, de-escalation strategies.

Principal Brady Mullett gave a personal lesson on what love and respect means to him.

In his session he used his own experiences to teach the boys.

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