Category Archives: Schooling

Discussions of issues of schooling.

Living In Layers – Part 10 – Emergence and Ownership

As we develop the courage to relate to others and to our intellectual worlds, we begin developing a sense of trust in allowing ourselves and our social activities to emerge. Giving up some of our perceived need to control our … Continue reading

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The New Koch School

This blog entry is in reaction to the following Miami Herald news story: “Koch family to open a new kind of private school: No teachers, no homework, no grades”. Although I like many of the ideas here, I have a … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part 9 – Courage, Compassion, and Intellect

Increasing the permeability of our layered existence is not an easy, comfortable, or painless experience. As Maxine Greene, a spirited and gritty scholar of education, has discussed in working with the promotion of greater understandings among students in multiracial and … Continue reading

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Cell Phones in Classrooms

The following post (video… but I don’t know why it is a video) popped up on Facebook this morning. To me it is a troublesome video. The topic isn’t troublesome, but the intent of the post is troublesome. It perpetuates … Continue reading

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Schools and the Forces of Anti-Democracy and Bigotry

From Upworthy: “A Teacher Asked a Great Question About Superintendent Pay. Then, All Hell Broke Loose.” I’ve copied and pasted a few of my Facebook and Twitter posts about this particular issue, which is followed by some additional commentary. – … Continue reading

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The Dumbing Down of America

Here is Francesca Fiorentini’s: “The Rich Want to Keep You Dumb” on News Broke. This dumbing down agenda has been around for a long time… well over a century. But, it has reached new heights as professors are being “watched” … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part V – Fear and Loathing

At a profound level that underlies our need for power, control, and security, is a sense of fundamental fear. We fear a loss of basic ground, identity, meaning, death (both physical and psychological), and numerous other losses and even gains. … Continue reading

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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 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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