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High School: Are the Kids Alright?

High School: Are the Kids Alright?

"Long ago my son determined exactly how not to let the institution of school get in the way of his learning, and had explicit plans for choosing courses carefully so that he had ample time to attend local university lectures and participate in arts events." Read more
Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

Wow- such failures! 60 second video - Michael Jordan,Thomas Edison & more surprises Read more
 Are we creating innovators?   22 Insights

Are we creating innovators? 22 Insights

C.J. Westerberg dissects Tony Wagner's "Creating Innovators" Video Trailer Read more
Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

"Conventional wisdom holds that different people learn in different ways. Something is missing from that idea, however, so we offer a corollary: Different people, when presented with exactly the same information in exactly the same way, will learn different things." - John Seely Brown Read more
Hey, so-called Leaders. Want feedback or measurement?

Hey, so-called Leaders. Want feedback or measurement?

What do we measure and why? Questions About The Uses of Measurement by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers Read more
Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Einstein's Desk In Photo: What He & Agatha Christie May Have In Common Read more
 Late Bloomers (Guess what? You didn't peak in high school ;)

Late Bloomers (Guess what? You didn't peak in high school ;)

How 2012 Nobel Prize Winner Dissed by High School Biology Teacher - CJ Westerberg post Read more
Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

"We need to revolutionize education to encourage creativity and need to teach our kids to play, take a chance and create. By not teaching our children liberal arts we will hinder their capacity to innovate." Read more
A Response to: Is Your Child a "Warrior" or "Worrier"?

A Response to: Is Your Child a "Warrior" or "Worrier"?

Why Some Kids Handle Test Pressure and Others . . . Not. Read more
"Children just don't go out in nature"

"Children just don't go out in nature"

Children today spend on average spend less than 40 minutes "outside" - Video Doc Read more
What do you remember from high school?  (Humor)

What do you remember from high school? (Humor)

Week-end Funnies - VIDEO Viral video parody (nudity alert!) Some Study That I Used to Know is already at 1.5 million views. It's another play on Goyte's hugely viral video Read more
Common Core: Standard Children?

Common Core: Standard Children?

We cannot wish away our biological limitations because we find them inconvenient. Read more
The Day I Abolished Grading

The Day I Abolished Grading

"There was no love for learning. It was a game that I was perpetuating - and I was done perpetuating it." Joe Bower Read more
Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

Five Ways to Succeed in Life and Work Read more
Is This The Best High School in America?

Is This The Best High School in America?

WATCH: How These Six Minutes May Change Your Idea of Innovative Education (dramatically). Phillips Exeter, Harvard Westlake & Lawrenceville may be taking notes from this charter school leading the next wave. Does your High School look anything like it? Read more
Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

Ten To-Do's for Young People to Consider

#1 - Build a "Personal Board of Directors" Read more
Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

Mind Overload! from Technology & "Societal Exhaustion"

Mindfulness: "I've seen it transform classrooms . . . " Read more
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Alvin Toffler
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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them

CJ Westerberg, 12.01.2016

Tony Wagner, Former HS teacher, Principal & Co-Director At Harvard School Of Education Posts. "The Ability To Ask The Right Questions Is The Single Most Important Skill."

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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

CJ Westerberg, 10.22.2015

John Holt: The Seven Ways to Picture a Student's Understanding - - - by CJ Westerberg

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If I were trying to select a school system for my children . . ."

CJ Westerberg, 01.21.2015

"If I were trying to select a school system for my children or grandchildren, I'd beware of . . . ." - Howard Gardner, Harvard School of Education

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Parents: Are we sabotaging our own kids' math "ability"?

CJ Westerberg, 01.19.2015

Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability) is just some kind of aptitude - some kids have it, some kids don't . . . The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really well in Math . . ."

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The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

CJ Westerberg, 12.17.2014

New update December 2, 2013 which includes Yong Zhao link and comments PLUS CNN videos

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EcoTherapy: "You're gonna look at some trees" - Video :)

CJ Westerberg, 12.12.2014

Truth in Humor ---- It's come to this, folks

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"It's Disengagement, Stupid"

CJ Westerberg, 12.11.2014

The 10 Essential Rules for Engagement

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21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

CJ Westerberg, 12.08.2014

. . . .most high schools' science "experiments" are really "demonstrations," because they are "rigged" for the right answer, thereby disqualifying them as true experiments where outcomes are unknown.

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