I shall like to briefly outline my background educationally and my work experience. I graduated from Fordham University in 1974 with a Bachelors in Social Sciences and again in 1977 with a Masters Degree in clinical social work. I graduated again from Central Connecticut State University in 1985 with a certificate in advanced graduate studies, which qualified me to hold an administrative position in the Connecticut public school systems below the rank of superintendent....
....The concepts and theory of SSD were totally different from anything I had witnessed in all my educational experiences. SSD was meaningful, made sense, and was teachable. After the lecture, I personally found a great deal of sociology, psychology, theology and anthropology all mixed together in a fashion that deeply realizes the very essence of the human soul. SSD is not just theory but rather a guide or a choice or an option to examine what is good, what is not acceptable and to make better choices based on the source of the themes or objectives.
I immediately obtained the SSD textbook and deepened my knowledge of the subject. Soon thereafter, I applied the theories to some of my students as I was an assistant principal at Hartford Public High School, Hartford, CT. I was in charge of the detention program in which one of my responsibilities was providing meaningful programs for the students.
I tailored the lecture or workshop for 30 minutes as some students had only one detention while others had more. I soon learned that some students were attending detention who did not have detention! It became obvious that the "word" had gotten out that something very unusual and fantastic was happening in Room 272 at 2:30 PM every day.
I found that high school students not only could relate to SSD but really enjoyed the experience. I personally believe that SSD is a program that is designed to reach people of all ages....
- Harry Holloway, Executive Vice Principal, Hartford, CT High School; Major MS. USAR
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