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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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How to Create Nonreaders

CJ Westerberg, 01.24.2015

Why Johnnie and Jane don't like to read . . . and what to do about it
Alfie Kohn Delivers a Powerful Essay About MOTIVATION & Learning

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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them

CJ Westerberg, 01.23.2015

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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Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

CJ Westerberg, 01.22.2015

"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

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

CJ Westerberg, 01.21.2015

"It may help to have in our minds a picture of what we mean by understanding . . . "-John Holt, Why Children Fail, p. 177by C.J. WesterbergI recently had a loooong conversation with a parent about whether his child...

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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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The Day I Abolished Grading

CJ Westerberg, 01.21.2015

"There was no love for learning. It was a game that I was perpetuating - and I was done perpetuating it." Joe Bower

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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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Entrepreneurs: Pirates in the Arena

CJ Westerberg, 01.14.2015

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . .

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Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

CJ Westerberg, 01.13.2015

Five Ways to Succeed in Life and Work

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