Interbeing, Relating, The New Story

17 Years since Columbine

{First published on elephant journal} Dylan Klebold was 17 and Eric Harris 18 when they walked into their high school in suburban Denver, planted huge bombs concealed in duffel bags in the cafeteria that would have killed and maimed hundreds had they exploded, then shot dozens of people on the school grounds and killed 15,… Continue reading 17 Years since Columbine

Education, Michelle's Memoir, Writings

Confessions of an Ex-schoolteacher

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

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.

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

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

Michelle's Memoir

I am not trying to destroy Life School.

Let's get the story straight. I was a good teacher. I loved my job. Then, everything changed. I was fired. I was gonna let it go. Cut my losses. Move on. Then, the school filed a denuncio (restraining order) against me. Unprovoked. I then pursued my rights and was told by the Guatemalan government that… Continue reading I am not trying to destroy Life School.