It Starts with Education

Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed in the 1980’s and today, highlighting ...

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Five Ways Teachers Can Recharge Their Batteries This Summer

Public School Teaching is Stressful. There has always been a special place in my heart for teachers. My parents both taught in public schools, and my first career was in education. Those teachers who influenced my own life held a love for their subject matter and carried the best interests of their students close to heart. However, I sensed early ...

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The Trojan Horse of Mandatory Public Education

In the late 19th century, Americans from all walks of life recognized the value of a good education as the foundation of a free society.  It seemed self evident that basic skills like reading, writing, and math were skills that separated the rich from the poor.  Access to education promised a key to upward mobility.  So when mandatory public education ...

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How Science, Education, and Government Promote Widespread Chronic Illness

Illness changes the way a person views the world.  I’ve spent much of my life following “scientific principles”  and “medically approved recommendations” for health management and diet.  I always trusted public education to provide information that is helpful to individual citizens.   Remarkably, the only times I’ve reversed any long term illness have been the times I’ve given up on all ...

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Dimensions of Affirmative Action

               Yesterday I received my November copy of Imprimis, a terrific little newsletter from Hillsdale College that features thoughtful discussions about education and civil liberty.  Edward Erler’s article therein challenges legislation that promotes equality through reverse discrimination.  His article contributes to recent affirmative action discussions generated by the Supreme Court case Fisher vs. University ...

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Diversity is Lost When Reasoning Is Unidimensional

Babies are born into multidimensional worlds filled with sights, sounds, odors, tastes, and sensations that stimulate all senses.  When early childhood experiences allow babies to apply these senses to diverse experiences, learning progresses rapidly.  Without formal coaching, babies quickly develop physical coordination important for walking.  Without grammer books, babies quickly acquire basic communication skills that exceed those of many adults ...

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Multidimensional Reasoning Fosters Sustainability

  Changing the way we live in our environment will require changing the way we think about our environment.  In nature, sustainability is achieved through diversity.   Complex food webs ensure that energy and natural resources crucial for life itself are continuously recycled and redistributed across ecosystems.  When biodiversity is lost, food webs become inefficient, and resources are no longer accessible ...

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