Your character is the you that’s becoming. It’s the “Little Engine that Could” that keeps driving you toward what you need to make of yourself. For the ancient Greeks, kharakter is the mark that the gods put on your soul at birth. Character is the self that we are self-actualizing, our inner author, the source of our authority, our calling. Character development is not a part of education, but education itself. Continue reading

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Cancer Update

Today, the summer solstice, marks the half year mark of the discovery that I had Metastatic Melanoma. My wife Victoria again wrote a wonderful newsletter to my extended family, and I got her permission to pass it on to you. (She’s really, really good with words.) Continue reading

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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 that something inside of them agrees. Continue reading

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Schoolyard Nastiness and Anti-Tyranny Training

I, too, despair at watching my president stoop to schoolyard nastiness.

—David Leonhardt, New York Times, June 30, 2017

Schoolyard Nastiness! Why do we take it for granted? And why do we expect the adults in our government to behave any better than they did in school? We shouldn’t. If school were preparing our young people for full functioning in a good democracy, you would see kids working on their anti-tyranny repertoire like this group of third graders at Johns Hill, a public magnet school in Decatur, Illinois. Continue reading

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Educating the Whole Brain

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius in each.—Plato

Second grader Miranda says to the teacher: “I was looking at the tomatoes with Patrice and Josh, and we saw a wasp tackling a fly. Then it tore the fly’s head off and flew away with the body. An ant found the head and started eating it and the fly’s eyes separated from its head.” The teacher asks, “What did you think when you saw this?” She replies, “I thought, I wouldn’t want to be that fly.” Continue reading

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