Posts Tagged ‘learning’

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 […]


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 […]