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Back to their future – together!

This was part of my speech on August 7 at Portland, Oregon during the 8th Annual AERO Conference — Transforming Education & Our World and was originally posted at the TEDxKids@BC website. I hope you will enjoy the video I made for the occasion — bear in mind that this was my first attempt at video editing! ;-) I … Continue reading

The Hope That Lies at the Root of Humane Education

I wanted to share a recent post I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from The Hope That Lies at the Root of Humane Education: As Joan Baez put it, “Action is the antidote to despair.” So when I feel hopeless, I harness my … Continue reading

Institute for Humane Education Launches New Graduate Programs for People Who Want to Create a Better World

I’m thrilled to share the news that the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is launching new graduate programs in humane education through an affiliation with Valparaiso University. Beginning in September, IHE will offer an M.Ed. and M.A. in Humane Education, along with concentrations in Humane Education in Valparaiso’s M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and M.A. in … Continue reading

Learning? Yes, of course. Education? No, thanks.

Education teaches us that our native abilities for learning are inadequate, that they must be developed and improved upon by submitting to or even seeking out pedagogical management of some sort. ~ Aaron Falbel, a free-lance writer, editor, philosopher, and musician I was recently introduced to Aaron Falbel, who had the great privilege to have known and be … Continue reading

Think Outside the Book

“I have never let school interfere with my education.” -Mark Twain This is a guest post written by Dale J. Stephens, an unschooler and founder of UnCollege — a self-directed learning higher education alternative.I had an opportunity to meet Dale through Twitter and since then had got to know him better through our email and Skype … Continue reading

“Race to Nowhere:” An Educational Horror Movie

[Admin note: Trevor Przyuski is my instructional coach and a critical friend from our days back on our division’s strategic planning committee. I find his writing to be compelling so I secured his permission to cross-post this review of Race to Nowhere from his blog, Trevor in Mid-Stream. I also write with Trevor on Hamsterdam … Continue reading

While US waits for Superman, kids in the world are drafted as failures

I posted this 3 months ago on my personal blog — My bin of thoughts. In a discussion with this group it came up that while quite a few posts have been written on the Cooperative Catalyst for Waiting for Superman, no one have yet posted anything about Schooling the World. I believe that this … Continue reading

Another Challenge to ACT

Got up this morning to see a Twitter conversation between my Superintendent, Pam Moran, and a friend, Ann Leaness about setting up a flickr account to show pictures of everyone’s schools.  The idea was to  be able to look at the diversity of buildings around the world, gathered in one Flickr account. Cool idea, cool … Continue reading

Whom Are You Following?

My life as an activist feels more involuntary than voluntary–like Paula it seems I was born to it rather than “chose it.”  This natal gift however, has not always been comfortable.   (And as someone who abhors “innateness” theories, this explanation also doesn’t seem very satisfactory.  Paula, this is a little bit of a lazy woman’s … Continue reading

5 Decades, 6 Schools, 1 Teacher Dedicated to Kids

Work smarter, not harder! That’s what I’m doing here–this post actually is meeting a homework assignment for me, AND allowing me to write for the Coop Catalyst blog this week as well. The question in my class is: “Reflect on your teaching career and create a timeline of events that have had a significant impact … Continue reading

The Unwobbling Pivot

“What is your journey around activism as an educator?  What are its milestones, its epiphanies?” is our question this week, and I will address this by through a recapitulation of my journey, not by telling particular stories. First of all, I have worked in what are often considered different fields–social services and education–but to me … Continue reading

If You’re Not Causing Trouble You’re Not Working On the Right Problems

How do we act as catalysts of change within our present circumstances?” I’m worried about getting a rep for being too patsy over here at this discussion, so I want to say first that I’m all about acting up and making trouble.   I had a conversation with Herb Kohl recently (someone who is a mentor … Continue reading

SMALL ACTS OF ACTIVISM MATTER

I’m posting a little late, and I’m sorry.  I was out this evening giving a talk on pleasure in learning.  I’d love your comments. I’ve  spent time on the blog today reading around and I’m blown away by how thoughtful and deep-thinking people gathered here are.  In fact, people are so passionate and deep-thinking that … Continue reading

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