Education, Interbeing, Power

The Modern Day Slavery of Black Boys & Men

{Originally published on elephant journal here} Black men bear the brunt of racism in America today, as they have since the era of African American slavery. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans are still discriminated against today, both in school and in the so-called justice system. Statistics from a 2015… Continue reading The Modern Day Slavery of Black Boys & Men

New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

24 Inspiring Quotes on Learning to Change Your Mindset

“The primary goal of real education is not to deliver facts but to guide students to the truths that will allow them to take responsibility for their lives.” ~John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling "Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into… Continue reading 24 Inspiring Quotes on Learning to Change Your Mindset

New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

Why We Don’t Believe in School Anymore

Although we are grateful for our educations and experiences as students and teachers in traditional schools, here's why we don't want to work within schools anymore, ever again, nor want our children or grandchildren to be subjected to the tyranny of the classroom. Michelle's Story School worked for me. I was always on the honor… Continue reading Why We Don’t Believe in School Anymore

Connecting, New Paradigm in Practice

Centering, Circles and Spirals

When we can connect with our inner selves and quiet our minds, this enables us to connect with the loved ones and community members around us. Peace (and conflict) begin internally. Peace is a practice that requires patience, slowing down, deep listening and compassion. When we feel peaceful, happy and content, we are the richest… Continue reading Centering, Circles and Spirals

Connecting, The New Story

Learning to Connect, Connecting to Learn

At some point in the history of humanity and schooling, "academics" became a separate, stand-alone category, considered the most essential part of school, the "instruction" and "learning," in today's parlance. The reading, writing and 'rithmatic, along with science, social studies and all the other arbitrary subject areas. "Academics" as opposed to art, athletics, or extracurricular… Continue reading Learning to Connect, Connecting to Learn

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The Best Education in the World?

Both Cuba and Finland have created effective educational systems based upon the simple idea that every child would have free access to a good public school. In both cases, this idea and its implementation came out of an urgent need to for the nation to survive and thrive, economically, politically and culturally. Schooling in Cuba… Continue reading The Best Education in the World?