Archive | September, 2012

School is about Keeping it Together and Being Right; Education is about Breaking, Being Wrong and Becoming Whole

 Parents and teachers would do well to observe Yom Kippur all year round A two-year-old boy entered a Montessori classroom clinging to his mother. While she talked to the teacher, he hung on her leg looking anxiously around the room. He cried when she left and glued himself to the window. One teacher remained seated […]

What Do You Make of Bad Behavior?

What would you make of this bad behavior? Ashley was pushing her daughter Ella in the stroller through Nordstrom to the men’s department to buy a shirt for father’s day. At the foot of the escalator Ella said: “Can we go up to the video?” “Not this time, Sweetie,” responded Ashley. “I want you to stay […]

The Importance of Being New at Rosh Hashanah

 Genius: (n) the tutelary spirit of a person, place or institution.  At sundown yesterday, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year started. I always felt that it was part of the genius of Judaism that they had the wisdom to start the new year when the children go back to school. (Yes, yes, I know they decided […]

What is Genius? Part 1: Calli’s Love Life

Finding genius is not about finding ability. Finding genius is about unlocking the creative potential of the human brain. Technorati Tags: Authority, building character, Bullying, character, child-rearing, children, conflict, decision making, Discipline, education, Emotional control, Genius, gifted, kids, Leadership, Learning, Learning community, learning social skills, Parenting, parenting skills, parents, play, respect, responsibility, school, school reform, […]

Positive Parenting vs Being a Parent = Reality Parenting

Reality Parenting Bob and Carol have a blended family with two children each. Carol’s son Ben at 13 is the oldest of the four. Both parents work, so one of the challenges they have is having family time, all six of them together. Another challenge is finding time to be alone—just the two of them. […]