Growth Through Adversity

In November of 2017, I wrote the following, “Winners in the 21st-century economy will also need to be able to adapt, anticipate people’s needs, and think in creative ways.  Schools will best prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century by building their capacity to deal with change in positive ways.  Students need to… Read More

Pandemic of Positive Change

Benjamin Jowett’s  Victorian-era translation of Plato’s, Republic added the flowery language popular at the time to give us, “The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.”  This, of course became the popular proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  A more literal translation of Plato is rendered, “Our need will be… Read More

You’re Welcome Here

George Couros, education leader, author, and speaker, shared two tweets he has seen that remind him how important it is to create a safe, caring space for students in our schools and classrooms. Despite the slick, social-media facade of a fantastic life that most of our students post online, many of them are living out… Read More

My Grandfather Built Things

My Grandfather built things. The steel fabrication company he founded built water-filtration tanks for the construction of Disneyland and the emerging industrial economy of China in the 1950s. His generation survived the poverty of the Great Depression, won a global war, and participated in the most profound economic and technological transformation in human history. Their… Read More