August 1 , 2018 /

THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL

Most teachers, many parents and some students are aware of the three-legged stool concept and practice in schools.  The three legs are teacher, parents & student.  The teacher represents the school, the parents represent themselves and their child and the student can hopefully represent himself or herself to the extent possible.  Too much practice in

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May 13 , 2018 /

A GIFT FOR THE GRADUATE

Think about 3.6 million high school graduates this Spring who have spent 13 or more years in school.  They have been tied to a curriculum that has good intentions for expanding the student’s world of knowledge, understanding and skills requisite for a good education.  How then do you answer the  question, “What are the marks

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April 1 , 2018 /

LIFE IS FRAGILE, UNPREDICTABLE

About six years ago I wrote the following article based on a letter to a friend of mine who was about to give a commencement speech.  For those us who have done that on more than a few occasions, we know that it’s hard to come up with something that’s worth listening to at a

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March 22 , 2018 /

SCHOOLS: TARGETS OR SOLUTIONS?

As of this writing, March 22, 2018, there have been 18 school shootings since the beginning of the year. This is Day 81 which means one shooter every 4.5 days has used a school as the object of what seems like unresolved and untreated anger, or frustration, and/or isolation. We say that the mental health

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February 25 , 2018 /

JOY IN FOLLOWING PASSION

I have long been passionate about teaching and learning, engaging with people on their own journeys of learning, growth and change. If you look at my career over the past 55 years, you will see where, how and perhaps why I am committed to that kind of activity. Several years ago I reached a point

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February 15 , 2018 /

TEACHING AGAIN LEARNING

I am excited to start teaching on Monday after a hiatus of a few years in the formal context although informally, I have continued “teaching” and “learning” in a variety of settings. In a recent interview where the lead question was “What Is Your Purpose In Life” the second question was “How Am I Living

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