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South Fulton resident develops student behavior solution
by Noreen Cochran
December 23, 2013 03:27 PM | 2358 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Fulton resident Askia H. Bashir took a book he released under his own Kyd Publishers imprint in 1995, “How to Manage Your Parents (Without Manipulation)” and developed a program complete with workshops, assessments and activity books.

“[The book was] a result of over 25 years of research on family relationships and upward management techniques,” the Spelman College police captain said in a statement. “With over 30,000 copies sold, the market demanded a broader application of the content.”

Bashir, who helped launch the Atlanta Dolphins swim team, coaches water polo and sits on the boards of several nonprofits, brought the program to clients like Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Tubman Elementary in College Park, DeKalb Truancy School in Clarkston, Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta, the Genesis Gardens neighborhood in Palmetto, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia State University, Word of Faith Church and the nonprofit Youth Vibe.

“A teacher-friendly character education curriculum was developed to expand the materials to young people in various disciplines and places,” he said.

The program empowers students to “develop ideal parents” by changing their own behavior.

“[It] teaches young people to be obedient, to show gratitude, to be proactive, to do good deeds, to accept total responsibility for where they are and what they want to do in life,” Bashir said. “This learning system radiates a productive and harmonious energy at home and school.”

Support materials include a list for parents called 100 Things That I Observed My Child Doing Right and, for students, a list of 100 Things That Makes Mom and Dad Happy.

Bashir said the program is approved by the Georgia Department of Education for fifth-grade social studies, health and physical education, as well as sixth- and ninth-grade summer “bridge” sessions.

Bashir’s friend and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young recommended the program, branded H2MyP, for public and private schools, juvenile court systems and after-school coordinators.

“Parent, child and teacher get what they want. They become closer, and everyone is happier. Absolutely a win-win,” he said in a statement.

Spelman colleagues like psychology chair Karen Brakke and Anne Warner of the English department also lend their support.

In a statement, Warner called the program “an extraordinary combination of family values and fresh student-centered approach to action.”



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