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I’ve written a book for educators called The Best Schools:  How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice (publisher:  The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, December, 2006).  In this book I suggest that our educational climate has become totally overwhelmed by what I call an “academic achievement discourse.”  This discourse concentrates on accountability, rubrics,...
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We’ve all played games produced by the Milton Bradley Company:  Battleship, Candyland, Jenga, Twister, Yahtzee, and many more.  But did you know that the first board game created by Milton Bradley himself back in 1860, was based on the stages of life?  It was called “The Checkered Game of Life.”   The gameboard was a modification of a...
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Interview With Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.–Author of The Human Odyssey by Kelly Jad’on (originally published on Basil & Spice blog, December 7, 2007).   The author of 13 books, Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., has spent his life writing and speaking about human development, with a particular focus on children. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This...
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At five years old a person should study the Scriptures at ten years for the Mishnah, at thirteen for the commandments, at fifteen for the Talmud, at eighteen for the bridechamber, at twenty for one’s life pursuit, at thirty for authority, at forty for discernment, at fifty for counsel, at sixty to be an elder,...
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The English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was acutely aware of our passage through time.  This theme interpenetrates virtually all of his work. In Sonnet 60 he writes:  “Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore/So do our minutes hasten to their end.”  In Sonnet 64 he writes:  “When I have seen by Time’s...
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