32. Beyond fast food
"We are starved for people who work with not just their hands and their minds, but also with their hearts. Most hum... http://tl.gd/ac6gks
Lets repeat this one:
"We are starved for people who work with not just their hands and their minds, but also with their hearts. Most humans, including teenagers, crave the chance to do real work—something that makes a difference in the world—instead of just sitting and taking notes all day."
I think this is so important and it is extremely important for educators to keep in mind as they create learning environments and plan learning activities or lessons for kids. There is no reason school has to be schooly. There is no reason school can't be real work. There is no reason school has to be a laboratory or a simulation of real life. School becomes these things because adults are made to feel held accountable for the quality of the simulations they engineer for kids. Why does it have to be this way?
"Your task now is to use your time beautifully now. Your life isn't something that's going to start happening when ... http://tl.gd/ac6ibg
One question I like to ask people who talk about preparing kids for their future is, "What purpose does school serve for a student who is critically ill or for a student who might die in a car accident before they graduate?" For the teacher who believes they are educating students in order to ehnance their lives today this question doesn't pose any kind of dilemma, but for those who believe schooling is an investment in the future the answer to this question is always unsavory.
"No matter who you are and how much money you don't have, if you are an unschooler you can do work (now and all you... http://tl.gd/ac6knd
This quote speaks beautifully to the message and mantra of my late college mentor and dear friend James O'Rourke. Jim always told me to do what you love and you will never have to work again. I would like to say that I have done this but I know I have at many times compromised my belief in this ideal in order to maintain a certain quality of living for my family. To live this way often requires sacrifices as does not doing what you love. However, only one of these paths will lead to deep regrets. I know I already have many.
"reading books can be a bit like an apprenticeship." Llewellyn
I certainly can attest to this. Twitter Book Club has also somewhat intensified this aspect of reading bringing me closer to some authors.
"Two big thrills come with volunteer work: the knowledge that you are helping something you believe in, and a huge ... http://tl.gd/acr2nk
"Don't be limited by the stereotypes that tell us what kinds of jobs teenagers can do. You can do much more than ba... http://tl.gd/acr42h
"Getting involved with the lives of the plants and animals that we eat fills a big gap in our 'educations,' a gap t... http://tl.gd/acr9b5
"There is something unsavory about growing red hot chili peppers in order to learn agricultural science. On the oth... http://tl.gd/acrbkb
"Working alone gets meaningless fast." Llewellyn