Domestication. a.k.a. "Children crave structure."

We justify the domestication of animals, particularly dogs, by saying that they are much safer and happier in our homes than they’d be out in the wild or as strays. This is true. This is only true because our species has domesticated a large portion of their species. Without our domestication though (and our decimation of their natural home), dogs would be happier in the wild in their packs. We justify our structures of school by saying things like “children crave structure and routine.” This becomes true over the years. This is only true because our schools have trained and indoctrinated children to need the structure and routine in order to do what school demands of them. Without that

The SOLE Hour

You might remember story hour at the library. Walk in the front door. How big the library seemed! How many different books there were. The way they smelled. That musty, vanilla, dead-grass aroma will forever be a comfort to so many of us. How exciting it was--the newness of it all. The SOLE Hour is a new edition of that wonderful tradition. No. We are not trying to replace or even enhance the story hour. We love books and perish the thought. What we are trying to do is establish a new tradition, a new program for the children where they will learn and grow and amaze us all with what they can do and know and learn. SOLE stands for Self-Organized Learning Environment. It's in our natu