My life has radically, gradually changed in the past ten years. Radical change takes its precious time. It happens a little bit every day. I am immeasurably more free than I was a decade ago, in many aspects. I still have a lot of work to do, lifetimes of it. I used to drive a… Continue reading Please quit working for the weekend.
What is the good of learning if in the process we are destroying ourselves? ~J. Krishnamurti I had a commonsense realization a few months into my full-time advertising career. Advertising breeds consumerism, and consumerism is destroying the world, or at the very least not helping to make it a better place. I was a writer,… Continue reading Confessions of an Ex-schoolteacher
The word school, he pointed out, comes from skholē, the Greek word for 'leisure.' 'We used to teach people to be free,' he said. 'Now we teach them to work.' --- Benjamin Hunnicutt Lately I've been imagining a student who is free to learn whatever and wherever (s)he likes whenever (s) is ready. I imagine it will be my… Continue reading I Never Imagined…
Imagine a world in which all humans had the right to free, quality, lifelong education that develops our personalities to their fullest potential and promotes human rights and freedom. Education is the foundation of us as individuals and society. What we learn, do and practice colors our experiences, relationships, communities and cultures. I am a… Continue reading Our Human Right to Education
My career as a school teacher lasted a decade, as it turned out. I started as a sub in California, spent three years at a public, "Title I" (e.g. underprivileged) school in south Austin, three years at an elite, private school in Guatemala City and almost three years at a small, community school in rural… Continue reading Too Cool for School
Transitions typically occur when or shortly after we experience a moment of truth. I think this is why we so often avoid the truth because it requires that we change an aspect of ourselves and our lifestyles even if we don’t feel ready or know what is next. The way I see it, change is… Continue reading A Teacher and Student in Transition