S O N J A . W I L L I A M S Please Find a School Your Child Does NOT Attend, and Volunteer!

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 So, how does K-16 education need to change in order to prepare young people to become effective participants and change agents in the 21st Century? First, a disclaimer. I teach in the “inner city” of Los Angeles, so my perspective comes from a place where, as near as I […]

I N G R I D . O ‘ B R I E N Learning Needs Teaching

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 If we want to prepare our nation’s young to be active, engaged citizens, we must address the failure of the education system to effectively prepare the 13 million children growing up in poverty – nearly one-fifth of our nation’s youth – for full societal participation. And we can reach […]

A R T H U R . Z A J O N C We Need an Educational Philosophy Fit For Human Beings

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 The educational imagination of one age is simultaneously a foreshadowing of the society we will live within a generation later. An impoverished educational imagination will inevitably lead to a diminished human society and an abused planet. In his essay “The Loss of the University,” Wendell Berry said that the […]

T H O M A S . A R M S T R O N G, Ph.D Kindergarten is the New High School

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 I see the question of how K-16 education needs to change for the 21st Century asked a lot in educational circles these days, and I feel that it is often a question masquerading as an agenda. The agenda is basically to make kindergarten the new high school and college […]

B E T T Y . S T A L E Y To Educate Future Change Agents, Change Education Today

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 We live in a short attention-span world and face long attention-span challenges from a stressed-out educational system, a stressed out society, and a stressed-out earth. Although we can and do look at the educational system in isolation, we could begin to see it in context of its interconnection with […]

W I L L I A M . C R A I N Animal Feelings: Learning Not to Care and Not to Know

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 At a recent New Jersey public hearing, the topic was a proposed bear hunt. A small boy walked up to the microphone, said his name was Bobby, and told the officials that shooting bears was horrible. “How would you like it if someone shot at you? You wouldn’t like […]

L I N D A . L A N T I E R I Building Emotional Intelligence

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter08/09 A strong public demand is arising in the US for schools to implement effective educational approaches that promote not only academic success but also enhance health, and prevent problem behaviors. [This article is adapted with permission from: Lantieri L. (2008) Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in […]

J A N E . H E A L Y, Ph.D. Multitasking is Cool, But Can They Task?

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL, winter 08/09  Kids’ brains are being changed, and not necessarily for the better, according to a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation of recreational media habits of 8-18-year-olds. Its findings suggest that our upcoming generation of voters and taxpayers may have difficulty either thinking deeply or staying focused on anything […]

J O A N . A L M O N The Politics of Play

Reprinted from GREEN MONEY JOURNAL winter 08/09  Five years ago, when the nonprofit Alliance for Childhood announced its campaign to restore imaginative, freely chosen play to children’s lives, at home and in school, we were told that “play” was a four-letter word. “Don’t use it,” said many of our friends. We thought about it, and […]

No Child Left Behind: empty nest, full heart

My youngest child moved into his own apartment over the weekend.  So I literally have “no child left behind”. A phrase with many meanings, obviously.  ;). NCLB (No Child Left Behind), our national education policy, suggests another interpretation for “no child left behind”: “no childhood left in any child once their anti-childhood education under NCLB […]