Category Archives: Self-determination

Imagination and Education

The MIND. Engage imagination before opening. To maximize academic performance, academics must be taught as a subset of the larger project of maximizing mental capacity. For both, imagination is essential.  When you watch children at work and play, you see … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Do This Again: All Eyes on School Culture

The choice before us tomorrow is not so rational as it is cultural, and school culture bears the lion’s share of the responsibility. When we look beneath the invective that the candidates and the media throw around, and look instead at the America … Continue reading

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Are We Unraveling? Sources of the Rising Rage.

Excellent short summary of the history of social unrest in America of the last 70 years & the origins of rising rage. One critical piece is missing from the history and the analysis: a dysfunctional public school system. The American educational system, designed … Continue reading

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Who are the great leaders?

Great Moments, Not Great Leaders “Who are the great leaders?” When I was asked this question at a conference recently, a 15-month-old popped to mind, and I found myself telling a story about a moment a couple of years ago when … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Calling, Challenge, Character, Children, Collaboration, decision-making, Education, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, Imperfection, Integrity, Leadership, parenting, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Empathy, Education and a True Growth Mindset

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Instead of offering empathy, we often have a strong urge to give advice and to explain our own position of feeling. Empathy, however, calls upon us to empty our mind … Continue reading

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