Another Option for Education during the COVID Pandemic:  Thinking outside the (school) box

As the parent of two middle school students in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) in Boulder County, Colorado, I have more than just passing interest in the debates, discussions and news about how or if kids can go back to school this fall.   It’s a big deal. The options in every discussion and website I’ve seen so far seem limited to the following:  1) “Go back to school as normal”...
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Outside the Box; Contemplating Nested Challenges

At the beginning of March,2020, while riding the Corona chairlift at Eldora Ski area, I caught the bug.  No, not “that” bug (some joking on the lift notwithstanding).   I was re-infected with the love of wild winds, deep snow and the greens, whites, blues and greys of the Rockies.    The slopes were almost deserted, affording me a lot of solitary time to contemplate.  But the...
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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Third Installment

Photograph by Matthew Kowal – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_20ft_x_20ft_community_garden_plot_in_Harrisonburg,_Virginia.jpg Step 3 – Spend more time outside, mostly nearby, including more physical exertion and labor. This is the third installment in a series of 5 musings under the theme of “A 5-step Program for What Ails Us.”  The first installment introduced the theme an...
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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Second Installment

Step 2 – Slow down and simplify overall. This is the second installment in a series of 5 musings under the theme of “A 5-step Program for What Ails Us.”  The first installment introduced the theme an explored Step 1: “Yes, No or Maybe – be proactively honest, clear and respectful with ourselves and each other.” The titles of the remaining 3 installments are found at the end of this musing. We...
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A 5-step Program for What Ails Us – First Installment

 Many people acknowledge a range of modern afflictions that ail us and challenges that face us.  Malaise, lack of meaning and dysfunction at the personal, family, community and national level.  Topsoil loss, habitat loss, even climate change.  Economic challenges.  Social injustices of all sorts.   I, personally, think most of these are real and dangerous conditions and trends.   Many already...
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