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January 21 , 2013 /

PUT YOUR MONEY ON THE KIDS!

–> Schools, organizations, kids and the future    When schools began to be compulsory, the model was, following the industrial revolution, to make little workers of the students.  Like their fathers, and later their mothers during wartime especially, in the factories, they were to follow instructions, work diligently at whatever was assigned as their task –

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December 24 , 2012 /

The Day Before Christmas, Dec 24, 2012

T’was the day before Christmas and all through the land No one was playing, not even the band. People were traveling from near and far Some by airplane and others by car. Many were troubled by visions in their head Of children so beautiful and now they are dead. Mothers and fathers with tears in

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December 22 , 2012 /

First Day of Winter, First Light

Today is the first full day of winter when the sun starts moving ever slightly north along the horizon.  It’s all about the light, the return of the light on the shortest, darkest day of the year, at least in this northern hemisphere.  It gives me renewed hope every year, that we will see the

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December 19 , 2012 /

CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE 2012

According to various calculations, standards and clocks, Winter solstice in the northern hemisphere will occur this year at 11:12 AM UTC, on December 21, which is 4:12 AM  Mountain Standard Time, 6:12 AM Eastern Time and 3:12 AM Pacific Time.  While it happens technically at a moment in time, the recognition and celebration may occur

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December 15 , 2012 /

VIOLENCE & VIDEO GAMES

To understand some of the effects of video games, we need to go back to debriefings conducted by the U.S. Army after WWII.  Interviewing soldiers returning from battle, researchers discovered a disturbing fact. A significant number of soldiers had been face to face with an enemy soldier, rifle in hand, enemy in their sights, gun

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December 15 , 2012 /

“Top Ten Serious Afflictions Among Educators”

10. MABS – Myopic, Apathetic, Blame Syndrome – This disease is characterized by lack of vision, indifference and the attempt to shift responsibility to other people. (see following ailment). 9. PEST – Plasmapheretic Educational System Transference – A condition recognized in those who drain the organism and then because of inactivity offer bureacracy as a

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December 14 , 2012 /

The Most Recent Decade

At the conclusion of the most recent decade (2000-2010) I have learned what works and what the critical variables are in the education/learning equation.  And it has taken me back to the beginning.  I call it the full circle of success – common vision, common values, and common purpose.  If we are to succeed in

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December 10 , 2012 /

Christmas and Stuff

A funny thing happened last week on the way to Best Buy.  I was listening to NPR and an interview with Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff.  If you know the book, then nothing more need be said but if you don’t, the sub-title is “How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the

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November 9 , 2012 /

Celebrating Veterans’ Day

With November 11 approaching and knowing that at least one of my colleagues has a holiday on Monday, my thoughts turned to the occasion of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that marked the end of World War I.   I wonder if perhaps we should do even more

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