Author: EdwardBerger

  • WILL YOUR CHILDREN SURVIVE ALIEN INTELLIGENCE?

    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 standardized tests and measurement form the basis of our past educational systems. That type of…

  • EMBEDDING EMOTIONS

    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 fighting with others, you probably like to unwind by elucidating to your mate that so-and-so…

  • PARENTHOOD

    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 the way we defined ourselves. We had been operating as if we were the leading…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 is ineffective and does not prepare students for their future. The idea that students need…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 our home for a year, packing our belongings in backpacks, buying airline tickets and Eurail…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 educational systems driving the schools our children might attend. We did not find any educational…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 isolated and alone. These ways of organizing to solve structural and/or social challenges are multi-age…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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; we chose parenthood. It was time for the education and archaeological research center to have…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 And Surrey Club. A fellow teacher and I started the Timberliners Ski Club and on…

  • FINDING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

    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 and all the things they needed to improve the quality of their lives. It was…