The inspirational speakers Barbara refers to are not limited to the corporate world; they're also interested in the (potentially) lucrative field of education. The NED Show, which supposedly teaches kids to be champions, is a prime example of the positive psychology profit machine in action. Check out their video here, and their pricing section here (even the free show requires the school to sell NED yo-yos for five days).
Students in California - including those at Green Dot (he's on their Preferred Vendors list - might be lucky enough to see Jerome Carter at their school. Jerome is the creator of Inspiration 52. Mr. Carter offers "the pledge," which reads as follows:
I will recognize and live like I know and believe
That I am gifted, talented, and unique beyond anything I can imagine
As a result, I must be accountable to those in authority
And take full responsibility for my actions
I will always work hard, because this is how my dreams will come true
I understand that my choices will determine my ultimate destiny in life
I understand that I can persevere through pain and tough situations
I will make a sincere effort to get along with others because I recognize no one succeeds alone
I will learn from my mistakes and participate in events that will move me forward in life
I am a leader
I am Inspiration 52And a full video of "the pledge:"
Of course, the very same children that are "gifted, talented, and unique" are provided a standards-based education with a rigid focus on standardized testing, which, of course, negates the whole uniqueness idea (not to mention nullifying talent, unless we're talking about the ability to use a #2 pencil to fill in a bubble).
You can see another video of the program in action. You can see the lives of these young people "changed right before your eyes":
[The program deserves a half ounce of credit for actually encouraging students to write about their own lives, but that can be done by any teacher willing to break away from the prepackaged curricula and top-down reforms favored by education reformers.]