Posted: March 5th, 2013 | Author: Joan Jaeckel | Filed under: Book Reivew, Systemic Education Reform | Tags: charter schools, intellectual virtues | No Comments »
It’s the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach (IVA): a multi-year development process for Loyola Marymount Professor of Philosophy Jason Baehr culminates in a visionary school opening in Long Beach: it’s a new public middle school using an educational approach, as described in their charter petition, with aims and values similar to the aims and values of El Rio Schools. It’s the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach (IVA).
In his book, The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues & Virtue Epistemology, Dr. Baehr proposes that there are intellectual virtues (i.e. curiosity, humility, courage) as well as ethical virtues (i.e. empathy, kindness). This is what we mean when we say we want to teach “critical thinking” and this is how we do it.
Posted: March 5th, 2013 | Author: Joan Jaeckel | Filed under: Education Policy, Systemic Education Reform | Tags: consciousness, deep education | No Comments »
If you want to build a new world for children in school, this is a joyous find. Managing to be both scholarly and lighthearted, the essay “Deep Education” by Francois Victor Tochon describes the intent behind El Rio Schools and all forms of holistic, transformational education in positive terms. Not a complaint piece. Three top likes:
- “Current shallow teaching and learning practices need to be interrupted. The time is ripe to introduce an new approach to education. The new educational concept is … depth.”
- “Deep education involves a sense of one’s deep identity … the world of meaningful acts.”
- “Applying deep principles aims at … cultural consciousness [serving others] as well as spiritual consciousness [serving the whole] act[ing] in favor of a society that is more just, peaceful, and mature.”
Posted: July 3rd, 2012 | Author: Julia_S | Filed under: Parenting | No Comments »
Spoiled Rotten by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker takes a harsh look at modern day, well-intentioned American parenting. Hmmm. . . .when did that become a verb, anyway?
Another blog in the New York Times, The Busy Trap reflects on the nature of our busy busy lives.
Two good reads, thanks Jeanette Neville for sending them.
Posted: June 8th, 2012 | Author: Jennifer Patton | Filed under: events, Parenting, Public Meetings, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Saturday, June 30, 2012 10:30 am. • doors open at 10am Audubon Center at Debs Park
RHYTHM at HOME. Learn about using the rhythms of the day to de-stress your family
Molly Cleator, owner of A Place to Create art studio and adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College discusses the benefits of planning rhythm in the home
Join us! Learn with us!
Play with us after the meeting in beautiful Debs Park!
Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Author: Julia_S | Filed under: Parents of El Rio Play Dates, play, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Join the El Rio community at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles CA, 90042) 10am -12pm this Saturday, February 25th for a fun filled morning of playing, building, and painting for children of all ages. See you there.
Posted: January 20th, 2012 | Author: Julia_S | Filed under: events, Parenting, Private Waldorf Schools | No Comments »
Kim John Payne speaks Monday, January 22 at 7pm at the Westside Waldorf School.
Heard him lecture last year and he is a fantastic speaker, witty and wise. He argued passionately that there is an undeclared assault on childhood (too much scheduling, too many activities, too many electronic gadgets, too much information) and that is our job as parents to protect our children’s innocence and care-free time because society will infringe upon it.
Get a sitter. He’s worth it. It’s open to the public at Westside Waldorf’s Pacific Palisades campus.
Posted: December 13th, 2011 | Author: Julia_S | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
A really interesting NY Times piece about why Finland, “an object of fascination among American educators and policy makers” cannot be easily translated to the U.S.
Critics say that Finland is an irrelevant laboratory for the United States. It has a tiny economy, a low poverty rate, a homogenous population — 5 percent are foreign-born — and socialist underpinnings (speeding tickets are calculated according to income).
And yet how attractive is their approach:
“The first six years of education are not about academic success,” he said. “We don’t measure children at all. It’s about being ready to learn and finding your passion.”
I love the NY Times education coverage.
Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: Joan Jaeckel | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: parenting | No Comments »
Posted: September 30th, 2011 | Author: Julia_S | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
A Friend of El Rio, Jennifer Pitt recommends tonight’s lecture, Turning Education on its Head: What Modern Brain Research Says About How Children and Young Adults Learn, presented by Douglas Gerwin. Tickets $10 purchase at www.pasadenawaldorf.org. (Sorry for the late notice)
Also art classes taught by a former Waldorf teacher in Atwater: www.aplacetocreate.net
Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: Jennifer Patton | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
This Saturday, October 1st, 2011 we’ll be hosting a playdate at Tierra de la Culebra Art Park.
240 S. Ave. 57
Los Angeles, CA 90042
11am – 1pm.
We’ll be there with the kids.
Come join the fun!