Author Archives: Jeff Bloom

About Jeff Bloom

I’m a Researcher with and am on the Advisory Board of the International Bateson Institute and am a professor emeritus with the Department of Teaching & Learning, College of Education, Northern Arizona University.

Living In Layers – Part IV – Seeking Security and Stability

As holarchic1 beings in a hierarchic world, we live in a contradictory world. So, we seek security and stability through power and control, acceptance by others, aggression, avoidance, or filling up our lives with activities and goods. We want to … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part III – Power and Control

As suggested by Bertrand Russell1, the major motivation of most human beings is a striving for power and control in at least some aspect of life. When we examine the layers of a variety of social and institutional structures, the … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part II – Living in Layers

This blog entry explores the notion of layers – both hierarchies and holarchies – in the individual, communities, schools and classrooms, various natural phenomena, and cultural and societal structures. The fundamental characteristics of hierarchies involve top-down power and control, which … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part I – Introduction

This blog entry and the next nine or so entries to follow are from a book outline I began a number of years ago. Since then, much of my thinking has moved on to other topics. However, I do want … Continue reading

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Schooling and How Schools Don’t Prepare Children for Life

This entry is my reaction to an article on Medium: “Stop Telling Your Kids That School Will Prepare Them for Life” by Rich Stowell https://medium.com/letters-to-my-boys/stop-telling-your-kids-that-school-will-prepare-them-for-life-ef9e55c0b2d – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Students are … Continue reading

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The Corporate—Institutional Connection in Education

Standards, Curriculum, Educational Products, and the Demise of the Teaching Profession   Over the past couple of months, I’ve had an opportunity to spend time examining state and national standards, as well as school district curricular documents. I was doing … Continue reading

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Federal and State Standard, and Local Curriculum Guidelines – Disturbing Documents

I’ve been examining local, state, and federal curriculum guidelines and standards over the past week or so. And, I’m shocked at what people have put together. I’ve never been a fan of standards and prescriptive curricula, so reading these documents … Continue reading

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Connecting to Another

Stephan Harding’s “Encountering Another Being” —   In this video, Stephan Harding talks about a sense of knowing that is non-conceptual. It is in a sense pre-conceptual. In Buddhism, this sense of knowing is considered to be what is called … Continue reading

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Linearity 2.0 – Crushing Insight and Creativity

Most teachers keep control over the direction of discussions in the classroom. In fact, most classroom discussions follow the pattern of: a. teacher question b. student answer c. teacher evaluation. Such a sequence is frequently referred to as IRE sequence … Continue reading

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