Monthly Archives: September 2011

John Lennon understood that the Purpose of Education is Happiness and Well-Being for All

Attributed to John Lennon. Let me know if anyone can discover an exact source. Advertisements

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Excessive Medication, Mental Health, Evolutionary Psychology, and The Creation of New Cultures

John Horgan, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, on “Are Psychiatric Medicines Making Us Sicker?” “As recently as the 1950s, Whitaker contends, the four major mental disorders—depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia—often manifested as episodic and “self limiting”; that is, … Continue reading

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From Native American Education to the Creation of Conscious Culture through Educational Innovation

From 1491:  New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann (in the paragraph below, “Dawnland” refers to the Massachusetts coast): “Boys like Tisquantum explored the countryside, swam in the ponds at the south end of the harbor, … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson on Public Education: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical”

Many people believe that the American founding fathers believed that public education was crucial for democracy, and thus that “we” have an obligation to maintain the government-financed, teachers’ union controlled system that we have today.  David W. Kirkpatrick is a … Continue reading

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Renewing the Promise of Montessori Education

I received an inspiring email this morning from Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein, author of the wonderful blog “Superwoman Was Already Here!”  He inspired Trevor Eissler to create the superb “Montessori Madness” animation, the best short course on Montessori I’ve ever seen. … Continue reading

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Why do we see honorable characters in fantasy novels but not in reality television?

In reading about the concept of honor in Japanese society at Bronze Doors last week I noticed, as is typically the case, that the students are fascinated.  Adolescents, I find, crave a sense of honor.  I asked them if characters … Continue reading

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Bronze Doors Academy Launched

I just spent a couple of weeks in Austin (with a side trip on Free Cities to Honduras) to help Ariel and Lucas Miller launch The Bronze Doors Academy.  In addition to cool courses such as stop-motion animation and learning … Continue reading

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