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

Mistakes – why our traditional educational approach may not be helpful

Mistakes – why our traditional educational approach may not be helpful

If you’re intrigued by the title, and want a “short walk” – scroll down to bold #3.  Enjoy it all when you have the time. Our youngest grand baby is walking!  Everywhere!  We’ve seen it happen before – and it’s still such a celebration. Together, Doug and I share five children and thirteen grandchildren.  Some… Continue Reading

I made a mistake.

I made a mistake.

“I made a mistake.”  These four words once rocked my world.  Sometimes they still do. As a teacher, my fear of mistakes was helpful because my role was to make sure I eliminated mistakes in the lives of my students. My job description included this unspoken qualification:  “Freak out at mistakes; they mess up our… Continue Reading

What if there’s another path in education?

What if there’s another path in education?

What if there are two paths? The path we’re on requires students to “get it right” and “be good” and then rewards them with grades, stickers, awards ceremonies, Sonic treats after school… On this path, the students who can’t (or don’t) “get it right” get bad grades and fewer stickers and certificates.  They watch the… Continue Reading

Good struggle or Bad struggle – how do we know?

Good struggle or Bad struggle – how do we know?

A common – but life-threatening – infection has been receiving lots of headlines recently; the number of cases is rising, the symptoms are compounding, and the statistics for recovery can be confusing. This infection reached epidemic proportions in America during the recent election; election day didn’t end the health crisis – instead, in many cases,… Continue Reading