I write about education, social issues, and the evolving nature of society

  • For more than a decade many educators have become aware that our educational systems are preparing kids for our past and not for survival in their future. Fact-based or data-driven education based on competition is over. Education as measured by…

  • It doesn’t take long for it to sink in that your children emulate your good and bad habits. It’s really jolting when your four-year-old tells someone to fuck off. If you come home filled with frustrations from a day spent…

  • In 1984, after many years working with other people’s children, Jo and I decided to change our lives so we could start our own family. In 1985 when our first son was born, this new reality forced us to change…

  • AI Requires Entirely Different Communities (Part 7 of 7) A few years ago, I created the Facebook site, Education For Their Future Not Our Past. I was aware that with the coming of AI, the way we presently educate students…

  • Examples of Experiential and Collaborative Learning (Part 6 of 7) I think that some people imagine that experiential education is what happens if you don’t wash the dirt off your hands before eating. To Jo and me it meant leasing…

  • Educational Practices Limit the Effectiveness of Our Schools (PART 5 OF 7) When Jo and I left Crow Canyon, we decided that parenthood would be the most important focus of our lives. As the boys neared school-age we studied the…

  • Fighting Loneliness, Isolation and Lack of Purpose Part 4 of 7 Nations full of good people understand that they can enhance the value of their own lives by working together and building collaborative communities. As this happens, fewer people are…

  • Changing Direction (Part 3 of 7) The life, death, and rebirth of communities. Communities are created and eventually dissolve, just like all human endeavors. In the 1980s, Jo and I knew that our lives had to go in another direction;…

  • Conflicting Communities (Part 2 of 7) In the early 1960s, I taught school and worked late into the nights converting the giant hayloft in the stable into an old western bar. I wrote the corporation for the Cherry Hills Saddle…

  • My Journey To Fill A Void (Part 1 of 7)   When I was born, my folks lived on a rural property east of Denver. A community formed there because people worked together to provide electrical service, water service, road maintenance…

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