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We Need to Make Kindergarten Engaging Again

Are we diminishing our children’s sense of wonder? By Christopher Brown, Ph.D.   |   Psychology Today In a kindergarten classroom in Texas, 22 children spend their day participating in more than 10 different teacher-led activities in seven hours. They write in journals, do math, practice spelling and phonics, learn to read,…

Fanaticism, plague of the 21st century’

Fanaticism is the plague of the 21st century’: Israeli author Amos Oz fears for the future By Ruth Eglash   |   The Washington PostTEL AVIV — Amos Oz is one of Israel’s most prolific, celebrated writers, capturing the past and exploring the present in more than 30 novels, dozens of essays and…

From George Lakoff

The quote below comes from George Lakoff’s book Don’t Think of an Elephant, originally published in 2004 and updated in 2014.  Called the “father of framing” by The New York Times, Lakoff explains how framing is about ideas―ideas that come before policy, ideas that make sense of facts, ideas that are proactive not reactive, positive not negative,…

BoardDocs

A collection of interesting (to us) items from the Ross Valley School District BoardDocs, the District’s format for informing the community (sorta). Tuesday, November 27, 2018   _________________________________________   Even though the heading describes this as an exchange between Ms. Brown and Ms. Capron, there is not, as yet, a…

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction? There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness: having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s…

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