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Finding a "Cure"

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Giving is the best communication...

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In my life, I have experienced the extreme blessing of parenting and working with children, adolescents and adults with complex communication needs.  In my job over the past eight years, I have stated how wrong it is that I'm the one we call "teacher" and they are called "students" as I so often feel that I learn more from them then they do from me. I believe in interacting with people who do not necessarily use words to communicate, you become attuned to just how vast and deep "communication" actually is.  Every single act we perform throughout the day communicates a message and in any given moment we have the ability to have an incredibly deep influence on the world and the lives of those we come in contact with.

To communicate is to have an impact on the world around you.  The following video shows how "giving" is a very powerful avenue of communication...
As an educator I find myself wondering how we can create the circumstance for our …

The Fear of Diversity

In the book The Courage to Teach Parker Palmer speaks to the layers of fear that may exist related to diversity:
This fear of the live encounter is actually a sequence of fears that begins in the fear of diversity.  As long as we inhabit a universe made homogeneous by our refusal to admit otherness, we can maintain the illusion that we possess the truth about ourselves and the world - after all, there is no 'other' to challenge us! But as soon as we admit pluralism, we are forced to admit that ours is not the only standpoint, the only experience, the only way, and the truths we have built our lives on begin to feel fragile. If we embrace diversity, we find ourselves on the doorsteps of our next fear: fear of the conflict that will ensue when divergent truths meet. Because academic and culture knows only one form of conflict, the win-lose form called competition, we fear the live encounter as a contest from which one party emerges victorious while the other leaves defeated and …

A value is not a value until we act on it...

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Students in our division will begin their new school year on Tuesday.  This past Thursday, we gathered with all the staff in our division to hear David Wells speak on the topic of replacing stress with faith.  In one section of his talk, he spoke of children in the Church and the question of what they should be doing in the Church.  He went on to share a set of rules that a Church came up with to guide people around appropriate behaviour in the Church.  He did this without judgement and spoke to the need for balance in this area.  In the middle of this example, he stated, "Then one day you wake up and you got the rules and you have forgotten the reason for the rules."

Although he was referring to the Church in this example, it applies to any institution and even to the entire human race.  In the context of education, it seems the reason should link to our purpose and our values.  What is the purpose of education?  What do we value in education?  Do our rules match our reaso…