Education with new DNA

Education with new DNA

Education with new DNA

What if there’s more hope than we realize? What if there’s more hope to share than we realize? What if this hope changes everything – including education? I remember clearly the day the world changed for me.  It was almost as if I saw color in the world for the first time – instead of… Continue Reading

“Don’t call me names.” – why it matters

“Don’t call me names.” – why it matters

I don’t think the farmers and scientists who created genetically modified food knew the unintentional chaos it would bring to our health.  I want to think the primary motive was addressing real needs, and possibly ending world hunger. I don’t think the writers and enactors of Public Law 94-142 knew the unintentional struggle it would… Continue Reading

Making Adolescence History

Making Adolescence History

What if?  What if we could make adolescence a chapter in the history books – not the disorder of future generations? What if “adolescence free” helped create an “anxiety free,” “learning disability free,” and “bully free” world? What if an “adolescence free” generation writes the last sentence in the sex-trafficking chapter in world history? Understanding… Continue Reading

The birth of adolescence in American history

The birth of adolescence in American history

When my son was about five years old, he overheard me talking to his older sister – about my neice.   “Can you believe she’s 13 today?” His alarmed response:  “She’s a teenager?!  Can somebody please help her?!” As a young child, he perceived something was about to be very, very wrong. Adolescence hasn’t always… Continue Reading

Prodigal toddlers, teenagers, and parents…welcome home.

Prodigal toddlers, teenagers, and parents…welcome home.

The first Father’s Day gift I ever gave Doug was a significantly large canvas print of Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son.”  He cried; he doesn’t cry very often. Henri Nouwen’s book by the same title had become a treasured journey for both of us in our new relationship.  Henri has a gift for holding… Continue Reading

The wrong recipe in education?

The wrong recipe in education?

About ten years ago I lived on a ranch in Comfort, TX.  (Yes, that’s really the name of the town!)  Getting to and from a “real” grocery store was a journey that took more than an hour.  Once I got “home” from school – I usually didn’t “run to the store for a few things.” One night,… Continue Reading

What race are we running? …and why “it matters” to our brain

What race are we running?  …and why “it matters” to our brain

Traditions are experiences we routinely schedule our lives around; we lean on them with our full trust. Traditions include our habits and our ways of organizing life and relationships. But false traditions are built on a faulty foundation.  Consider the SAT test. It matters. We’re building new brains – everyday. Research is recording incredible discoveries in… Continue Reading

The SAT Test – an unquestioned tradition?

The SAT Test – an unquestioned tradition?

The SAT Test – like many other unquestioned traditions – has a tremendous impact on our current education systems – public, private, and home school.  Most colleges require the test. The SAT has a significant influence on students, too – and the families that help them study — and all those who put significant weight… Continue Reading

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself – and said, “What?! That’s not me!” How about a video?  Me, too.  Here’s what I discovered – Vocal exclamation marks and exaggerating – they are my old habits. Often, instead of having an influence and impact as they were designed…they often just have an IMPACT!!! … Continue Reading