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Awakening Genius
In 1968, futurist educator George Leonard wrote a book called Education and Ecstasy, which had a chapter titled ”Visiting Day, 2001 A.D.”  In this chapter he described a learning environment for kids where they would have access to all cultural knowledge via giant ten-foot square screens.  While our screens are usually smaller in 2020 A.D.,...
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With the advent of the global pandemic from the coronavirus, many schools have been shut across the United States and elsewhere in the world, leaving countless parents with the unanticipated task of teaching their kids at home.  In many cases, your schools will assign work to complete during this hiatus.  But if they don’t, or...
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You’re child is a genius.  No, I don’t mean that your child is an Einstein or a Picasso or a Martha Graham.  I’m using the word ”genius” in its original meaning which relates to ”giving birth” (e.g. genesis) and ”bringing pleasure” (e.g. genial).  Thus, being a genius means giving birth to joy, and I believe...
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Over the past thirty years, I’ve sought to explain to educators and parents that each child is a natural genius, born with innate curiosity, creativity, playfulness, imagination, wonder, wisdom, and many other qualities besides.  As many great thinkers have pointed out, the challenge is not how to get our children to be creative or curious,...
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In this blog post, I’d like to talk about what they call ‘’value added’’ measures in school reform.  Basically, this means judging teachers according to the standardized test results that their students get over the course of the year.  First, let me say something about the term ‘’value added’’ because at first glance an unassuming...
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