Posts Tagged ‘Education’

A Lesson From Elephants About Family Disintegration

WARNING: This material is apt to be provocative, and for some, offensive. THE FIRST TIME I SAW ELEPHANTS IN THE WILD – in their habitat – was in 1982, in Africa, on the Serengeti. We had approached a “herd” of nervous elephants who quickly formed a circle while their “leader” trumpeted us a clear message: […]


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 […]


Knowledge Workers and Yahweh’s Patents

In 1993, management guru Peter Drucker wrote the Post-Capitalist Society. Every few decades, Drucker wrote, society “rearranges itself.” The transformation-in-progress Drucker identified, the creation of a “post-capitalist society,” was the subject of his book. He wasn’t prepared to make a final prediction about what the post-capitalist society would be like, but: The basic economic resource […]


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 […]


So — Will We be “On the Charts” or “Off the Charts?”

Back in 1983 I took what I thought would be a 6-months leave of absence from my law firm to “save” a troubled bank, Park Bank of Florida. But both the 6-month time period I allotted for the task and the idea of Salvation were but dreams of unreality. The bank failed in 1986 and […]


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 Visit to Eden, A Thought from Thoreau – and a Lesson for the Photographer

After a visit to our April 2010 blog, “Did the Wrong CAT take Over the Swamp?” Peter, a good friend and fellow photographer, asked me, “Are you a Photographer turned Planeteer, or a Planeteer turned Photographer?” I chuckled, “I’m a Photographer turned Planeteer!” Peter responded. “Thought so!” It wasn’t long after that quick exchange that […]