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Mullings on teaching, learning, schooling, society, ecology, systems, spirituality, connections…

Standards, Political Rhetoric, and Underestimating Children

| June 19, 2013

Embedded in the discourse of the Common Core and pretty much all of the political and corporate discussion of education is a negative view of children (teachers, too, but that’s a separate discussion). In fact, our entire institution of schooling is based on the deficits of being a child. Such a view is fundamentally poisonous. […]

More Shootings and We Still Haven’t Learned

| December 14, 2012

Yet another school shooting today, and this time young children, as well as adults. Of course, we still think everyone should have guns, even though the 2nd Amendment was not intended to allow guns in everyone’s homes, but rather for state organized militia. We should remember that those were very different times. But, the issue […]

The Travesty of “Distance Education”

| October 14, 2010

If you watch television, browse the internet, read magazines and newspapers, listen to the radio, or read bulletin boards and billboards, you’ve been bombarded with advertisements about distance education degrees, like those listed below: “Earn an Distance Degree In 5 Days” “Earn a degree online while you keep
working.” “It’s back to school time-Have you
 registered […]

Disconnects – A Brief Initial Exploration

| October 14, 2010

The initial question I posed on my previous post (What is the extent of the disconnects we experience today?) is almost overwhelming. Each of us, if we sit and think about it, can come up with a huge list of examples of the disconnects we experience in our lives. In some ways the list seems […]