thinking thursday

mind “Because as soon as we liberated ourselves from a concept of what our son’s education should look like, we were able to observe how he learned best. And what we saw was that the moment we stopped compelling Fin to sit and draw or paint or write was the...

I am not raising a badass Marine

I want to share something in this safe space, with one request – that in any discussion we have about this, we not denigrate the person who sent me these messages. Obviously this is a lot more about her than about me. I am sharing it because I believe many...

tuesday book stack : free to learn

The importance of play—crucial for children’s healthy psychological development and ability to thrive in life—is woefully underestimated by parents and educators, according to Peter Gray, a Boston College developmental psychologist and author of Free to Learn: Why...

poetry wednesday : she’s not gone

Neither is the poet gone, though he died last week on Valentine’s Day. “You met a lot of unpretentious people in Philip Levine’s spare, ironic poems,” Dwight Garner wrote in the New York Times on Sunday. “Come as you are, this important and emotionally committed...

strong offer friday

“We re-engineer the behavioral and developmental gaps that are prevalent among youth in public housing.  We use bicycles, hard training, and tough love to accomplish this monumental task.  From top to bottom, we operate in a different way, with a different...