Learning

Kids Thrive on Memories, But . . .

May 7, 2015 – quite a day! Our book, Wonderlust, was launched at the Marriott Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, before a packed house of 200 people. Each attendee who contributed $100 or more to one of four designated charities – Pinellas Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Watch, Morean Arts Center or WEDU/PBS – got an […]


Getting Our Kids Ready for the Competition: "Squaring" Reality with Pi

There are a lot of circles not only in our man-made world but also in the natural world, like the eye of the egret or the ball of the sun. When it’s important to compute the area of the circle, there’s the old Euclidean “Pi” formula, “Circle Area = Pi times the radius of the […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition – Happiness, Choice, Success, and Aristotle’s “Paralogism”!

“Faulty Logic.” That’s how Webster defines paralogism. I first ran across “paralogism” in the writings of Aristotle – the father of logic and the syllogism. At its heart, the syllogism is a mode of analytical thinking that combines a major and minor premises to draw a “logical” conclusion. Aristotle referred to “paralogism” in his Poetics […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition: A Matter of Leadership

As you consider the comments that follow, first ask yourself: Can you imagine where our country would be today if George Washington or the Constitutional Convention had been swayed by opinion polls or pressured by Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform? Or if our Constitution Convention had been shaped by ALEC, the National […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition – the Great Conversations and the 32,000,000 Missing Words!

I have a confession. I am neurotic. A neurotic book buyer, a neurotic book reader. As Thomas Jefferson once put it, “I cannot live without books.” Some of us get our kicks from a cliff-hanging ball game, others a tasty desert. Me? A Great Conversation with a Great Book. Crumpled-down page corners. Highlighted passages. When […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition: STEM Education – When the Predator Becomes the Prey

Contagion isn’t on the Oscar list, but it’s a great movie. Bill Moyers discussed the movie in his February, 26, 2012 broadcast, Are Immunization Exemptions Fair to Us All?. The program explores the distrust many parents have for science, resulting in the expanding religious exemptions granted by states to parents who don’t want their children […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition: Our Investment in Educating Joey

The kangaroo young are called “Joey” – whether male or female. For our young, its’ a little different. It used to be Dick and Jane. Today, we’re a little fancier. In our clan our young are Zach and Jett and Eva. But whether we’re kangaroos or humans, our responsibilities are the same: raise ‘em, protect […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition: Lessons from the School Kumchubchumbe and Sir Edmund Hillary "Chartered"

Kumchubchumbe spoke but one word of English during our visit – “Chicago!” His eyes sparkled from the flickering flames of his cook fire, as his fingers danced over the tall buildings in the tattered black and white photo he shared with us. Joanie and I were his guests. Kumchubchumbe, a Sherpa dancer and village hero, […]


A lesson from the Sequoias – growing tall, straight, and strong …

One hundred fifty million years ago, give or take, giant Sequoias and Redwoods grew throughout the United States. By the turn of the 20th Century, Paul Bunyan’s friends had logged these giant trees nearly out of existence. In 1907, only a relatively few, small tracts of land north of San Francisco, California, with Sequoias and […]


Gone Fishin’ – Getting “Unplugged” in the Real World

The February 2011 issue of the Smithsonian includes an “Interview” with Jane McGonigal, a computer game developer from San Francisco. The theme of the interview is that computer games can make people smarter and help humanity. The games Ms. McGonigal develop take place in a virtual reality, but are designed to encourage players to action […]


Power of Play

Once upon a time … There were no video games, no iPads, no iPods, no cable or satellite TV, no texting, no Facebook, no iPhones … When children were at play, it was ‘play.’ Absorbing play. Enthusiastic play. Sometimes with others, sometimes alone with a lot of ‘let’s pretend.’ Sometimes inside, but most of the […]


Plato was Right!

Plato once said that the “aim of all education is to teach us to love beauty.” Travel can be a vital part of that education. When we explore the amazing mystery of our planet, we become connected, in harmony – and we learn to love its beauty. Through our photographs we can capture a few […]