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Food System

Teaching kids to eat veggies is nice, but it’s not the answer.

Acknowledging the connections is the first step towards systemic change. So much is possible…… Read more!

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Model of Education

I like talking with my barber, Felicia. While she makes quick work on my hair, she gives me spanish to practice. Last week, I had no time for espanol. While Felicia cut, I read. I couldn’t take my eyes away from an article on transforming education in the 3rd world. For the last few days, my mind keeps asking: what’s the applicability to our schools?

Even if we know the truth, … Read more!

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What the Hell’s Going On?

When I began this journey (Environmental Education), I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I figured, if we get kids outside to play and to learn about how nature works, we’ll improve our health and accelerate the transition towards an economy where our species ‘fits in.’ Now, years later, after reading everything I could get my hands on, loads of heated debate and time in hundreds of classrooms with thousands of kids, I know a … Read more!

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Great Lakes Bioneers

bioneers 2013 postcard

GLBC Youth Flier 2013

bioneers image

Great news. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago just announced we’ll have an afternoon of programming for high school students. Bioneers is a national movement of people and organizations working on solutions inspired by nature. This November 1st-3rd marks the 2nd year Chicago has hosted a gathering. It’s an event of solutionaries, by solutionaries, for solutionaries. See the attached flier for more, or http://www.bioneerschicago.orgRead more!

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Education: Reform or Transform?

standardized-test*

You’re not going to get into an argument when you say “our education system could do better.” For sure, reformers are trying their best and efforts are nearly everywhere. Most of the prevailing public school reform efforts tend to focus around longer days, narrower curriculum with more testing (think ‘test prep’ and route memorization) and holding teachers accountable based on the results of those tests.

Who are those efforts serving? Do the kids benefit?… Read more!

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Playing in the Mud. It’s just the start of it.

“If no pediatrician would deny that the healthiest adults spent their childhood rolling around in dirt, why obsess over keeping kids squeaky clean?”*

Learning happens in exploratory play. And it’s been going on for tens of thousands of years. It’s different than organized play. It’s play where kids have time to wander, to make up games, to use their imagination and to fall in love with the world around them.

So, what holds us back … Read more!

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If we don’t know what’s going to happen, how do we prepare our kids?

Young scientists exploring

Even as we adults work individually to keep our own lives headed in the right direction, the world around us is in chaos. A polarized and paralyzed Washington D.C. can’t handle our runaway debt and stubborn unemployment. Globally, only climate change dwarfs the challenges of entrenched poverty and hunger. We have no idea what the world’s going to be like in ten years, let alone when your child retires in fifty or … Read more!

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Bioneers= Solutionaries

No matter where we turn, we’re fed news and information about all the world’s activities. TV, radio, magazine and the web, we’re connected. With a limited attention span, the headlines demand our attention and they bombard us with disturbing stories that cause concern: chronic unemployment and rising income inequality. … Read more!

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The Third Teacher

Should we broaden the definition of intelligence?

I like to skim through some of my favorite books, to remind me of useful thoughts I’ve forgotten. Touring Ogden International School’s new building last night inspired me to re-read The Third Teacher, 79 Ways to Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning. As soon as I picked up the book, my mind began racing. Consider: A child entering 1st grade this fall will graduate college in … Read more!

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Education. What’s it for?

Education. While the word itself may not spark as much passionate debate as religion and politics, everyone has an opinion. Those opinions vary wildly, yet there’s one common theme: we can, and we must do better at educating children. Education is viewed as essential to “progress” and better lives. So, ideas for improvement are put forth. Sides are taken. Debates rage—ratcheted up as test scores arrive. What makes sense?… Read more!

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