“The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.” ― Shunryu Suzuki http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/JoanAmaralfinal008.mp3 … Continue reading Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life
In this first podcast, I introduce myself and my purpose for the Landscapes for Learning podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/001_ABOUT_LFL_PODCAST.mp3 I was motivated to create the Landscapes for Learning project to counter students' and parents' and schools' over-valuation of grades and competition for college acceptance as the key to "the good life." As a long-time educator, I saw … Continue reading About LFL Podcast
ground·ed ˈɡroundid/ adjective adjective: grounded 1. well balanced and sensible. "the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded" 2. (of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying. "you don't taunt a grounded flier, especially after he's had a few beers" informal (of a child being punished) not allowed to … Continue reading Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids
Solo Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference "A Parent-Teacher Conference about Values" is a solo episode about my book-in-progress It's Not About The Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling which I hope to revise and publish in the coming months. I provide a brief, yet incomplete, overview of the book in progress and read an excerpt from a … Continue reading Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference
"Authentic learning, inner wisdom, ought to be developed as soon as possible and it ought to be part of education for young people. Currently, it is missing from the public school curricula, or if it does exist, it’s drowned out by the noise of achievement and grades, or buried under the heavy list of more … Continue reading Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?
"To see young people come alive is the reward of teaching" ---Joseph Cambell According to Joseph Cambell, famed author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Myths to Live by (1972), and The Hero's Journey (1990), the goal of maturity is to know oneself ---to understand the inner landscape-- to be the hero of one's … Continue reading Learning is Life
What kind of learning do you value and why? I value the kind of learning that helps people live qualitatively well as authentic "human beings" not just as skilful and knowledgeable "human doings." Unfortunately, our current American public schooling system continues to dedicate most of its attention, time, choices, actions, deeply-ingrained habits, and resources to … Continue reading Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?
Part of the this Landscapes for Learning mission is to draw attention to teaching and learning in a broader sense than schooling and to begin a new conversation about the kinds of learning we currently value in our American public schools. What I think is based on my own personal experience as a student, as … Continue reading Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”
My previous "Calling a Spade a Spade" post is about telling the truth-- something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations. Our integrity and … Continue reading Who am I?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snqXOvnHzcQ&feature=youtu.be The kids in the "Everyone gets a trophy" generation are in college now and acting crazy at the extreme ends of the political spectrum (there's a middle-- we just don't hear about them because they are individuals rather than extreme identity groups and they're probably attending to the business of their lives instead … Continue reading More Tough Love, Less Coddling
“To Err is human; to forgive, divine”---Alexander Pope Softening, or “pussification,” as the late, great comedian George Carlin defined it, is destroying the integrity of authentic learning. When people fuck with the integrity of the learning process, when they weaken it and make it soft, it corrupts individuals and society far more than we know … Continue reading Calling a Spade a Spade
I don't think I want to just sail along through life—coasting, or maintaining this sort of unconscious auto-pilot state. I don’t want to stay at this plateau, and maybe you don’t either.
Every moment has something to teach. Can you look closely, deliberately, at the landscapes in your life as opportunities to learn -- to live fully and authentically as you, as nobody else can ever do, except the one and only you? You don't have to do it well. Just try. Learning lends life its meaning, … Continue reading A Meditation on Learning
Post Surgical Post: To suffer or not to suffer; there is no question So, here I am, your Landscapes for Learning hostess with the mostess, recovering from surgery and pondering the meaning of life, or um...rather...philosophizing about suffering...again. (That's supposed to be a funny reference to my previous post.) As I sit here coexisting rather unpleasantly with my … Continue reading Post Surgical Post
Dear Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Thank you for being: Courageous, Informed, Logical, Intense, Persistent, and Passionate. I suppose you could say I have deeply immersed myself in a self-made course called, ‘The life and times of Dr. Jordan B.Peterson.’ I have been reading your book, Maps of Meaning (Routledge, 1999), reading about you online, watching … Continue reading Dear Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
It was in the hot room at a Bikram yoga studio, standing directly under the bright lights, in front of the mirrors, trying to balance, in silence, everyday, for 90 minutes, where I learned the art of unlearning. I learned to let go. A vital aspect of learning is unlearning. Unlearning is intending to let … Continue reading Learning to Unlearn
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Know-it-all, In The American Scholar, his speech to Harvard graduates, Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaimed, “Life is a dictionary!” encouraging Americans, especially the young scholars in front of him, to trust their own experiences: direct, sensory experience in nature, if they truly wanted to live a life of learning. You can read … Continue reading Dear Mr. & Mrs. Know-it-all
Sometimes I wonder if I am an example of a midlife crisis. Sometimes I wonder if I just missed an important lesson that everyone else must have learned a long time ago. Maybe I missed that lesson because I was drunk? Maybe I was shopping? Maybe I was busy? I was probably busy. Or distracted. … Continue reading When you woke up. A poem
Dear Efficient Utilitarian Student, It’s not your fault that you were raised with the great American values of utility and efficiency. These values are enacted and followed by virtually everyone around you-- your parents, your school, your government; they’ve been enacted throughout most of American history, especially in the Industrial Revolution, in the world of … Continue reading Dear Efficient Utilitarian Student,