What steve jobs taught me about change

August 2015

While many things have changed since our original exchange with Steve Jobs, we can still hear his voice: Work hard for the things that matter. Don't settle. Expectations mean everything. Have conviction in your ideas. Do what you love and don't be afraid to make a difference. Change will come, if you listen to the children.

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learning to love geography

July, 2013

A handful of prospective Montessori teachers unexpectedly gravitated towards a puzzle map of Europe. We gathered around and slowly, assuredly, we removed the pieces. Once we had sufficiently disorganized them, we tried to return the countries back to their rightful place on the map.

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Don't Write Off Cursive

October 1, 2013

Cursive is an art. It’s woven into the very fabric of our constitution. Yet, everywhere we look, it’s literally being written out of existence. Like a sandcastle built at the edge of the sea, with each crashing wave, the strokes of cursive are slowly fading away. We wrote an article for The Atlantic, sharing a few thoughts on why cursive should be saved.

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Lessons of Design

December 13, 2013

With the introduction of a new digital operating system, one that removes ties to the physical world in many ways— everything has changed. This new 'language' is more transparent, noticeably lighter, and seemingly faster. We put together a few thoughts on the implications this may have for thinking of learning in terms of real life experiences.

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The Single Most Innovative Concept in Education

May 30, 2013

While adaptive learning is a radical idea, perhaps the single most innovative concept in the history of education, it’s at least 100 years old. Italian physician Maria Montessori pioneered this novel approach to education—an education centered solely on the developmental needs of children.

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The Obligation to Write

May 04, 2013

As aspiring writers, we're constantly inquiring into various methods, techniques, and styles. Why did Hemingway stand to write? Is writing in the morning, as Nietzsche confesses, the most efficacious and timely? I think I found some answers in the wonderful interviews with Michel Foucault. 

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We Have Decided Not to Die

March 8th, 2013

"We Have Decided Not to Die", written, directed and edited by Daniel Askill, is a delightful, sumptuous and surprisingly analeptic short film. It's presented in three brief but interrelated narratives, almost like timed, probiotic doses of inspiration. 

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Playing with Gravity

February 26, 2013

Silicon Valley is trying to answer the question, "How can we use technology to help us learn?" Of course, this isn't a new question, it's been with us for at least two thousand years. Yet, with groundbreaking advances in hardware and software, we're reaching a new and previously unexplored point of both mobility and scalability. 

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Nothing can replace Painting

February 6, 2013

I've been reading a fair amount of interviews with David Hockney. I find them so ripe and resplendent with observations and insights. They're almost like viewing one of his landscapes. As soon as you discover one layer, a color or posture leads you to another previously unexplored depth. There's so much wonder and vastness in his work. It's as if you'll never be able to finish looking, let alone finish the conversation. 

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The Birth of Television

February 6, 2013

In reviewing my list of films last year, it became rather apparent that I spent more time watching television shows, than engaging in the cinema. Which is not to say indulging in the excesses of television, but in the innovations of television. 

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February 04, 2013

We had a wonderful conversation with a three year old student about imagination. It went something like this: "We love your new tie-dye shirt. Can you tell us about it?" The boy responded thus, "I made it with my mom." With a grin on his face, he enthusiastically continued, "We colored the world." His mother, looking as proud as a peacock, rejoined, "How about that imagination?"

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Earth Aesthesis

Winter 2007

My first philosophical review. I wrote on John Sallis's Topographies, claiming that he pioneers a Deleuze and Guattarian Aesthetics of the Earth. The article was also published in a favorite journal of mine, The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, in an issue entitled, Sense and NonSense

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