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Time to mold the children...

“I’m a teacher. I mold young minds.” In fifteen years as a classroom teacher I probably said it 100 times and thought it 1000 times more often than that. I look back now and see how silly the idea is that a child should be molded into something, particularly when they are doing a fine job becoming what they are by themselves. But this idea has become pervasive in our society. It’s Halloween and there are no ends to the ways we adults act in ways that we claim to be “for the children” and “protecting children” that are really more about massaging our own adult egos. The trunk or treat, where adults in a town gather together, creating elaborate displays in the trunks of their cars and truck

It ended as things should end, loudly, and with joy.

It all started so quietly. The truth is a lot of us weren’t sure it would get started at all. “We had so many signups we were turning people away, but many have soccer practice too.” Grow up in this area and one thing that becomes clear after 40 years, even though it is the next door neighbor to “Soccertown, U.S.A.,” Harrison, NJ loves soccer like no other town. Miss Nelba and the rest of the staff at the library though were positive, confident, and showed a ton of faith when they began telling families, “Try it out. It’s a good program. It’s so interesting!” (faith because I was the only person in the building who’d ever experienced a Self-Organized Learning Environment before, after a

Results Oriented

“You have the right to work only, but not for the results of work. Do not let your motivation for action be influenced by reward, and do not become attached to inaction. Perform work in this world Arjuna, as a man established within himself—without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.” --The Bhagavad Gita, 2: 46-47 (translated) We preach this idea often in our society. Quite famously in several cases. In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final sermon he spoke of not seeing the results of the work he and so many had done. "I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you.

Family and Time Travel

The thing about the Self-Organized Learning Environment is that children get the opportunity to work together with minimal adult interference to learn. Another thing about the Self-Organized Learning Environment is that because it’s self-organizing, the granny doesn’t direct it and the participants organize and direct themselves. Because of that, there is always surprise and amazement. On October 1st the Belleville Public Library was good enough to take a chance on a new idea and host a SOLE. What happened was indeed surprising and amazing. Three families, parents and children, all experiencing a SOLE for the first time, gathered together in the teen room of the library and we talked about