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Words Matter

Disabled…disengaged…oppositional…hyperactive…disturbed…

We often put labels on our children without too much thought to how it impacts their self-image, their learning, and their future. I have read so many IEPs that paint a dreadful image of the real person behind the words. I often wonder, “What were the writers of this document thinking!?!” Did they forget […]

The Death of Empathy

James Danmore, who was fired from Google for perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Lauri Love, the British hacker who stole millions of intel files from the US government.

Erik Finman, “millionaire bitcoin brat” who doesn’t get why we all aren’t rich.

Students who shoot their classmates and teachers.

While these examples span a spectrum of behaviors, from oblivious to heinous, […]

Cats and Dogs

 

When I was a child I had a beloved cat. One afternoon I was in my yard, holding my cat, when a large neighborhood dog barreled around the corner and attacked the cat. My cat climbed my face and leapt away with the dog in hot pursuit. Both my cat and I have scars […]

Teaching What Matters

Cognitive ability can be measured in how we process information, analyze patterns, and demonstrate manual dexterity. Yet that doesn’t begin to cover the immense capacity of the human brain.

Where do wisdom, compassion, and intuition fall on these measurement scales? Our workplace gurus and think tank predictors all say that the human capacity for wisdom, […]

Forced to be a School Boy

Recently, a parent of one of my newly enrolled students told me his son had been intellectually starved at a past school. He told me that one school day morning, his 8-year-old son woke up and through tears proclaimed, “Born to be a scientist, forced to be a school boy.”

That statement so powerfully captures […]