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You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But…

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need.” ~The Rolling Stones   Right now, millions of people suffer on our planet because what we want distracts us from … Continue reading

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The Global Butterfly Effect

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ―Richard Bach, Illusions     We are living now during one of the most important time periods in human history. Our global species is at a turning point, the … Continue reading

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The Joy of Learning

“Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” ~Aristotle Fifteen years ago, George Bush introduced No Child Left Behind, which increased pressure on children and teachers, with nationwide standardized testing. President Obama promised to change that, but instead … Continue reading

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Zen & the Art of Living Deeply

“With traditional arts in Asia much emphasis is put on long-term practice and effort, so as to reach continuously higher levels of skill development. There is a deeper character training happening as well, to reduce the ego’s voice, let go … Continue reading

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Factory Model Education “Reforms” Were Designed for Product Testing, Not Children

“The factory model was developed to ensure quality control and produce identical “consumer” products cheaply. It is NOT an approach that should be used with children. Modern researchers and professional educators have come to understand that the human brain is wired for learning, and … Continue reading

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How Children Naturally Learn

In order for educational settings to be successful they need to be aligned with how children naturally learn. Children’s innate curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity, playfulness, individuality, imaginativeness, resourcefulness, social intelligence, and love of learning need to be respected and supported. This isn’t rocket science, … Continue reading

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Awakening from the Cult of Ignorance

“We were born to be free… to build things and grow our own food, develop our skills and be creative, not to lose ourselves in shopping, technology and mindless consumption. We are here to love and practice forgiveness, not to make war, seek revenge … Continue reading

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Accountability & Test Scores – The Black Hole of Ed Reform

Recently, in Atlanta, 11 teachers were found guilty of racketeering for manipulating student test scores. At about the same time, in New York, Governor Cuomo passed a law that would set in place teacher assessment measures strongly tied to student test … Continue reading

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Facilitating Powerful Learning Experiences

What are the most important factors for parents and teachers to be aware of that influence a child’s education and learning? Why do certain educational methods and designs lead to powerful learning while other approaches tend to result in student boredom, stress or failure? … Continue reading

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The Universe is One Harmonious Whole

“I like to experience the universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified. The tree outside is life… The whole of nature is life… The basic laws of the universe are simple, … Continue reading

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