Interbeing, Living from the Heart, New Paradigm in Practice, Relating, The New Story

On Turning 37

I was born roughly 1,924 weeks ago. That number is only slightly more arbitrary than the corresponding number of years: thirty seven. Age is strange. On the inside, I feel about twenty one. From the outside, it might seem like I am eightysomething, based on my much-cherished, early-to-bed, early-to-rise lifestyle. Nonetheless, I am barreling towards… Continue reading On Turning 37

The New Story

Integrating Learning, Living & Loving

Home is Where the School is: The Logic of Homeschooling and the Emotional Labor of Mothering got me thinking about how I might integrate learning, living and loving within my own home as a mother and educator. Jennifer Lois, Associate Professor of Sociology, interviewed a group of homeschooling mothers from conservative Christians to new age liberals, tracking the highlights… Continue reading Integrating Learning, Living & Loving

Communicating, Living from the Heart, New Paradigm in Practice, Power

Bowing Out of the Learning Circle.

The individual is of first importance, not the system. ~J. Krishnamurti My experiences in my first six years as a school teacher showed me unequivocally that the system is of first importance in a traditional school setting—not the individual. Testing took precedence over learning. Administrators admonished teachers with frequent reminders of the rules and references… Continue reading Bowing Out of the Learning Circle.

Education, Michelle's Memoir

Just Say No to School

{Read the original on elephant journal} “To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.” ~ J. Krishnamurti Although I am grateful for my conventional education and experiences in traditional schools, here’s why I don’t want my child to ever be subjected to the tyranny of… Continue reading Just Say No to School

Writings

Our Human Right to Education

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

Writings

Daily Life Practice

Daily life is a practice. Moment to moment, day by day, we get to choose our own adventures. We get to choose our actions and reactions. We get to choose how we spend our time, money and energy. We do not get to choose what happens to us though. We do not get to choose… Continue reading Daily Life Practice