Category Archives: Inspiration

Management Kills Education

I love No Child Left Behind. In May of 2002 I visited our local public school, hung out on the playground and just generally lurked. As the kids were waiting to go home at the end of the day, I … Continue reading

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Occasionally Something Beautiful: The Essence of the Distinction between Education & Mere Schooling

My son Peter supervises, manages, teaches and leads 90 teachers who teach English in 45 different schools in the Tokyo area. In talking about what he does in this 56 second video, he nails the essential distinction between education and … Continue reading

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Three Essentials of Happiness: Children, Creativity and Music

This video has music, children, education and reminds us: Our lives would be worthless without music, children and creativity and the future would be hopeless. It also reminds us of three essential educational principles: 1. Children’s ability to create is … Continue reading

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Attachment Can Help with Self-Confidence, but Self-Determination is Necessary

When my daughter, Brooke, was one she got up from the kitchen floor, opened the screen door and went for a walk out the driveway. Instead of stopping her, I decided to follow. Today, a political science professor, she travels … Continue reading

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Now it’s the Adults who Must Run to Catch Up

In the living room of a friend’s house on the 4th of July, our wide ranging story-telling drifted into stories of conflict, especially times when we had turned adversaries into friends. One of us mentioned Getting to Yes, and we … Continue reading

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