Welcome to my Reflections at the intersection of teaching, learning, parenting, ecology, spirituality, the arts, and democracy
What do young people need to know to cope with the rapidly changing world that is upon us?
How can we teach our children to live in ways that protect the bio-systems that all life relies on?
How can we educate people for a life of meaning, and for work that sustains both themselves and the planet?
Why we should worry when our government condemns critical thinking as “propaganda”
Read the full article here: Contested Histories
A message to parents and educators Read more
Channeling John Dewey at the Pavilion Auditorium, January 22, 2019
A film for our times…. Read more
Thinking about climate change and other perils….
In response to a report on lead found in the drinking water of Vermont schools, I wrote the following editorial for the Times-Argus (Sept. 26, 2018)… Read more
Most children are well into their second or third week of the new school year. Parents have sent them off and into the care of professional educators with varying mixtures of regret, anticipation, relief or dread. Not all parents have sent their children off, however. Read more
Once again this spring, I enjoyed our “All Species Day” here in Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont. It’s a fabulous participatory spectacle of puppets, music and drama that urges us all to become caretakers of our planet and all the creatures that live upon it. When I first took part in this celebration years ago, it got me thinking about how we might integrate these elements of theater and ritual into our curriculum. Read more
Are we worrying too much about our children? Read more
If you could design the perfect learning environment for your child, (or grandchild, or ALL children) what would it look like? Underneath our visions of education lie deeply held beliefs about human potential and about learning. My “Parental Pedagogic Creed” is a simple statement of what I wanted for my children’s education.