Archive | October, 2012

What is Genius? Part 3: Tom, Marty and the Meaning of Life

Marty Dutcher, a colleague whose first career was early childhood education, told me about a guy named Tom he used to hang out with in his twenties. Tom especially liked to listen to Marty play the guitar. On one day when Marty asked him to sing along, he said “I can’t. I’m tone deaf.” “Who […]

Baby Begins to Search the World

A blog post entitled:  “Let’s get that baby moving! Part 2” is an example of parent education one might call “Helicopter Training.” Watch the last 2 minutes of this seven minute video of a 9-month-old baby. What do you see? Technorati Tags: building character, child-rearing, children, decision making, education, Genius, kids, Learning, overparenting, Parenting, parenting skills, […]

Service Learning Kids Find Buried Treasure.

This spring Susan Porter’s sixth grade class found two bags of treasure in Lake Merritt, a140-acre tidal lagoon in downtown Oakland, California. What surprised the reporters (though not me and Susan) was that the kids were not at all selfish about it. They were happy simply to have made a difference. (Later they were happy to […]

If You Come out of School Thinking You Are Not Creative, School Failed.

“I’m not one of those creative types,” said the Google analyst sitting next to me in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport waiting for our flight to San Francisco—delayed for an hour. Technorati Tags: child-rearing, children, Discipline, education, Genius, kids, Learning, Learning community, school, school reform, teaching

What is Genius? Part 2: Brian’s First Journey

Thirty-four years ago Brian and several of his first grade classmates were “put on the bleachers” after gym class for what Ms. Tough, the P.E. teacher, felt was some ‘inappropriate’ behavior. Then, it seems, she forgot they were there.  Recess came and went, and still they sat and waited as they were told. But after 20 […]