A teacher’s tough decision to leave the classroom in News Leader. Profound? No. Call to action? Please.
Category Archives: Linchpins
Our children have this capacity and more! Brilliant!
Great Article about it in Yahoo!
Too much here to quote! Thanks, Soleil! What will be your Space Jam?
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
Thank you, to the teachers who make the difference in our lives.
Poem starts at 50 seconds.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
A gentle reminder to my lovely Linchpins everywhere:
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
None of us stands alone. Not in childrearing or otherwise. There are positive and negative influences, and then there are our Linchpins, “the ones we’ll miss.” Thank you, Seth, for the words and inspiration.
I don’t raise Linchpins alone. My Husband breaks more notions of gender bias with regards to who does what and when than any man I know. Gifted with the mind of a nuclear physicist, but faster to the kitchen than I care to be, Sean redefines what it means to be a Dad and a Husband. Soleil commented just today that not every family has his ridiculously complex and made with love meals on school nights. No, Soleil, I’m fairly certain none of them eat this well. I may have married you for your linguini with red clam sauce, but you give us so much more. Thank you.
Thank you to the all day, every day friends and family, Papa Pony, DebDeb, Penny Lane, PaPaul, and Kathie. Our world would pale without you.
Thank you to our public school teachers who continue to break the mold, reach further, contribute more, and SEE children. For me: Ms. Hixon, Ms. McGuffee, Mr. Woods, Mr. Linam, and Ms. Harrold. When a child is truly lost, but then found by a teacher, you save lives, quite literally.
For The Kids: Ms. Diaz, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Linholm, Ms. Weathers, Mrs. Lyles, Ms. McGuffee (yes, again, SAME AWESOME ONE), Mrs. Coffett, and Mrs. Brasner.
Thank you to Marcia and The Law Girls. Having a baby in law school was tough, but having your support made it so much easier. Thank you to Margaret and Lea, for allowing me the luxury of bringing my babies to work, knowing that I could do that hand-off without missing a beat and they would be loved.
Thank you, Michael, for always encouraging me to be a Linchpin, even when it made me snarky. And thank you Ryan, for making this happen.
And a special thanks to my long-time friend and PR Manager, Richard Cross, who is forever pushing me to do more. Gaga’s got nothing on me.
Seth tells it like it is:
What if instead of homework at home, we had the lecture on our own time (at home), and our teachers actually did the work with us? See the Khan Academy video.
What is worth memorizing anymore? How about we spend our time connecting meaningful ideas instead of memorizing. Open note, open book, all the time?
What if we weren’t limited by the eight hours at school? What if we could access any course, anywhere, and anytime?
What if education was precise and focused for each student? Like buying a car?
What if we end multiple choice? Computers are smart enough to handle it.
What if we end standardized testing all together?
What if we teach students to problem solve in teams, like in the real world? What if we end isolated education?
What if instead of teaching students to collect dots (memorize, and standardize), we teach them to connect dots (advocacy, and meaningful work)?