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High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi Elena and everyone, What a

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Hi Elena and everyone,
What a powerful idea! I really like it. I think one of the things that you highlight as being important is reflection - taking a moment to stop and consider what went well, and what did not go so well. These moments are so important for future learning.

IB secondary Math and TOK teacher. Asia

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I have just read another William Leslie's wonderful comment about slowing down. Just this morning, I had yet three more colleagues listen to me and then say: "sounds nice - but we must do these reports and we have to achieve so many tests within a semester and...". I wonder - where is education going? Who is dictating what we do and how we relate to young people? I am part of the International Baccalaureate problem and although it is changing slowly, I still believe it is a long way from fulfilling its stated mission. I am thankful for this global community of teachers who inspire me to place students' learning and well being at the center of education.

I'm a 3rd grade teacher that

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I'm a 3rd grade teacher that implemented some SEL pieces into my classroom this year. It takes about 2-3 minutes a day and has made a huge difference, but I feel like it's not enough. I'm ready to join this movement ASAP, but how??

Author, speaker, educator

Thanks for your kind words

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Thanks for your kind words about my work Lyn.

Principal

Ah, what an honor to

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Ah, what an honor to communicate with you! I am a student of Rick's, years ago. The work that you two have done has become a part of me. It is still the missing piece in almost every school. Recently I have worked to bring Ross Greene into our vocabulary and practices. Same thing, different suit. The pace at which we frantically scurry, in State designated Turnaround schools, is testament to the eternal "missed target" of providing a dignified education that teaches people instead of standards. Strategically, we plan and set goals and implement myriad behaviors that do not equate to human connection. We are not measuring the right things and so we do not put our energy into the right interventions. Thanks for recognizing your teachings in my words and for all that you have contributed.

Author, speaker, educator

Thanks Lyn for your comment

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Thanks Lyn for your comment about the importance of "managing children in a dignified manner," "sustain" or hopefully enhance the "human condition of curiosity and compassion" and "educate with dignity." It has been a centerpiece of my life's work to share the importance of along with how-to strategies that led me to co-author the book, "Discipline with Dignity." Dignity in regard to self and others is at the core of deep, meaningful and lasting relationships. Just imagine if only nations, and all peoples viewed each other through that lens.

Economics instructor

Reply to Carl Honore: Was

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Reply to Carl Honore:

Was going to mention your book, but you are here yourself! Have you ever spoken at TED? Or, are there other video summaries of your ideas?

Economics instructor

Thanks for the ideas. Wasn't

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Thanks for the ideas. Wasn't aware that PBS did a program on Affluenza.

Principal

With years of experience

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With years of experience behind me, I approach the final chapters of my career more passionate than ever to be an agent of change on behalf of learners. This article states, in understandable language, what I have been trying to say for quite some time now. If the slow-down concept were added to the idea of managing children in a dignified manner, we could truly expect that all children would be able to learn. To me, the slow-down means collecting the best data to describe what we are truly attempting to accomplish. We collect too much data. We twist it to find meaning. Let's unpack those standards until we identify what civilization really needs to know and be able to do in order to sustain the human condition of curiosity and compassionate connection. Let's think about adding the language of dignity to slow. Educate with dignity. Develop the leaders of our future instead of trying to make every person college and career ready. The goal is not post-secondary training to make more money working. Not live to work. Work to live.

Lifelong learner, conservationist of natural curiosity

For those who want to step

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For those who want to step out of the Race to the Top, more exciting times await: https://vimeo.com/74978969

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