Archive | February, 2012

Kids get Smarter Faster when they Make a Difference

Learning Mathematics in Real Life How to behave in public is something the students at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California, practice daily on their two-block walk to the park for lunch, recess and physical education. Technorati Tags: Authority, building character, character, children, conflict, decision making, Discipline, education, kids, Leadership, Learning, Learning community, learning […]

Children Have Empathy Built In. 3 Ways We Can Help Them Use It

Don’t Teach Empathy. Teach Thoughtfulness So much of what I read about combatting bullying, instilling morality and teaching empathy leaves out our greatest resource: the natural inclinations of children. Technorati Tags: Authority, building character, character, child-rearing, children, conflict, decision making, education, Emotional control, Genius, kids, Learning, learning social skills, Parenting, parenting skills, parents, play, respect, […]

School as Abuse and Education as Art

Very Important Article about School as Abuse and Education as Art. It is a must read even though it makes it sound like Ritalin and Adderall are evil. Let’s not get distracted by disputes about the efficacy of various drugs. In some cases they have proven beneficial, and many of those who prescribe them are […]

Teacher Authority and the Business of School

Sitting in the speaker’s chair at morning meeting Claire presented a yellow silk scarf to her class. As she spoke she floated it through her hands and around her neck, all eyes of her second grade classmates were on her. Technorati Tags: Authority, building character, character, child-rearing, children, decision making, Discipline, education, Genius, kids, Leadership, […]

What’s the Role of Education in an Awesome Life?

What are the implications of this: and this: Technorati Tags: building character, character, child-rearing, children, conflict, decision making, education, Emotional control, Genius, kids, Leadership, Learning, Learning community, learning social skills, Parenting, parenting skills, parents, responsibility, school, school reform, teachers, teaching

How a Willful Child Can Become a Game Changing Leader (Hint: Have Fun Saying “No.”)

You can tell a good school from a bad one within minutes of walking in the door. All the humans are learning, and no one is making them. Everyone is taking responsibility. Last June I walked through the gate in a chain-link fence that enclosed a mottled asphalt parking lot/playground and approached a steel door […]