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Move as fast as you can but as slow as you need to

“Move as fast as you can but as slow as you need to.” Change does not happen overnight it takes disciplined and dedicated individuals for change to occur. Being a lifelong learner means recognizing that being of service to the people is not a job or a time in our...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 2 Reflection

Seven ways we become what we carry. Seven ways of looking out. Around the table, at grandmother’s house, Grandfather laughs away his mother’s words. One by one we weave Our tapestry of life and death. Mother singing lullabies: “In a world filled with love,” “God is...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 3 Reflection

There is a boundary I do not cross. It moves depending on the mood of others. Mom has nightmares of a family  broken by anger Babies without moms.  A husband calling from another home. My father came to America To own land. From our first days here He...


A Call for Democracy Education

Most media and corporate backed discussions about school improvement focus on continuing to make schools a testing field that results in the separation, segregation and disintegration of communities.  We’re not opposed to testing.  But testing, like...

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Teaching and Learning Self-forgetfulness

“There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness”–Helen Keller (1966). Self-forgetfulness, defined as the ability to put the interests of the...

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A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart

Junior at Kent Meridian High School Dr. King says, “Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.” Life is in a constant motion it isn’t all of something and nothing of something else. Life manages to present the most complex of situations...

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Democracy Schools

            The work for Democracy Schools calls all participants into the realm of “outside oneself.”  Most Westerners don’t desire to go there, or we hold little understanding of where “there” actually...

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