Category Archives: Education & Learning

Book: Only the Sacred: Transforming Education in the Twenty-first Century edited by Peggy Whalen-Levitt

In this remarkable collection of articles originally published in “Chrysalis,” a publication of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, we journey with twenty-three educators through an exploration of fundamental questions of our time, a path of inner … Continue reading

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Sustaining the Human Spirit: Another Way of “Going Green”

by Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal

I’ve admired and applauded the sustainability movement from afar but—true confessions—I’ve not been a close student of it or an active participant in the organizations that represent it.

Because of my ignorance, I assumed that the movement was exclusively focused on things like clean air; an adequate and potable water supply; soil conservation; the fuels we use to transport ourselves and our “stuff”; the flora and fauna that inhabit the earth; the earth itself under the impact of rapid and devastating climate change and species extinction; and, of course, our ability to survive as a species on this resilient yet fragile orb. Continue reading

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Life Study: How nature nurtures students at an inner-city high school

by Marilyn Berlin Snell

At 16—too young to be so mean—Ashley frequently let her claws fly in class. Scowls appeared at random, over slights no one could recall delivering. Her general disposition often kept the desks around hers vacant while the rest filled with students.

It was January of her junior year at Balboa High School in San Francisco, and the principal had just taken Ashley out of the communication-arts program that would have united her and two disruptive friends in the same classroom until graduation. Only 13 percent of Balboa’s junior class that year scored at or above the national average on the standardized reading and math tests—results that the San Francisco Unified School District called “nothing less than a crisis.” Continue reading

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Film: Journey of the Universe

This film project and book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the … Continue reading

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Leaders Urge on Alchemy Scholars

An article about Alchemy, Inc. and the mentoring work of Kwame Scruggs in Akron, Ohio, by Jewell Gardwell.

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Living Relatedness: An Ecocentric Worldview

An Interview by Gary Null with Satish Kumar: http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/article/living_relatedness_an_egocentric_worldview/

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4Rs Study Shows NYC Program Improves Kids’ Behaviour…

Increases Their Emotional Intelligence, and boosts Academic Performance of At-Risk Students — ‘It’s the missing piece of schooling,’ says Brooklyn principal: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/4RsRelease.html

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Right Livelihood Awards

Interesting site, worth perusing – check under “Laureates” and read about inspiring people and projects. A couple of very timely ones: http://www.rightlivelihood.org/ware.html http://www.rightlivelihood.org/sekem.html

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The Ecology of Magic: An Interview with David Abram

by Scott London. David Abram is an unusual combination of anthropologist, philosopher and sleight-of-hand magician. Though he worked as a magician in the United States and Europe for a number of years, he attributes most of what he knows about … Continue reading

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Book: Walk Out Walk On

In Walk Out Walk On, authors Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze invite you on a learning journey to seven communities around the world to meet people who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create … Continue reading

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