Beliefs

An audacious educationist is a person who is seriously concerned with understanding how learning takes place and what part schooling plays in facilitating or obstructing it. As an audacious educationist you may identify yourself as an independent thinker who challenges conventional thinking about teaching and learning. You may, like me, be inspired by thought provoking pieces intended to compel inspiration and reflection, like The Educationist as Painkiller. You may also be intrigued by the different types of schooling that people of various backgrounds and belief systems go through in various stages of life: Sunday school, public school, private school, home school, virtual school, graduate school, and the school-of-hard-knocks.

“Just as it is natural for a physicist upon reaching his deepest understandings to be drawn toward religion, so it is natural for a mature philosopher to turn toward the problems of education (Postman).” The way I see it, physics and philosophy along with religion and education have the opportunity to reflect simple truths that can light the way for posterity or mire humanity in the darkness of self-centered ambiguity and foolishness.

This blog is committed to making a significant impact on the Ed Biz.  Policies and reform initiatives can be confusing to many stakeholders in the field of education.  Communicating about relevant and interconnected topics from birth to retirement, including the schooling and life lessons in between, the goal of this blog is to collaboratively create solutions to benefit 21st century, globally communicative students, young and old. Educationists around the world have made a variety of contributions that we can all learn and grow from.  

Let’s share ideas, discuss, and debate the new and the tried & true.  Let’s write to federal, state, and local policymakers, as well as national, state and local education associations.  Let’s look for opportunities to speak publicly to educators, the media, public policy organizations, and others who care (or should). One person can make a difference by sharing objective, justified, thoughtful analysis and solid evidence, supported by clear, credible research. To kick off the journey, let’s read things by and about other educationists, like these guys:

Let’s work together & creatively foster an intellectual climate that supports reform in the following areas:

  • Prenatal education
  • Developmentally appropriate nutrition from gestation throughout life
  • Birth environment choice
  • Birth-PK literacy & cognitive development initiatives
  • Infant & early childhood developmental support for the delayed & the gifted
  • Educational choice
  • Intervention & Acceleration for single and multiple Exceptionalities
  • Human capital
  • K–12 accountability
  • Higher education
  • Adult/Continuing education
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Together, let’s research and collaborate to redefine the role of those who engineer the reality of tomorrow. Educationists are the artist-scientists who raise up and lead forth the citizens who will shape the communities and culture of our collective future. Precision and law are lacking in this field and it is in the hands of professional learning communities to define truths that transcend theory.

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7 Responses to Beliefs

  1. omegetymon says:

    Hello, and THANK YOU forfinding the jottings of the kid that “graduated” 575th of a class of 575. Of all the educational mishaps that are going on, ( citizentools:”judging a book by the cover”), I hope that your character and integrity aren’t affected by the Corporate strokings. It’s GOOD to have an educational ATHENA on the front, (and “FONT-“), lines. May your beacon find the flounderers.
    “D”/ om

  2. Mike10613 says:

    I help a few students even though I struggled in school and college. I’ve even had students who believe I’m a professor! I just try to help them believe in themselves and that’s the hard part.

  3. Have you ever heard about Khan Academy? I wrote a post on it, although honestly the information that’s relevant to you would probably be on the sites I linked to.
    http://amandatheatheist.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/a-different-way-to-teach/

    • audedu says:

      Yes. I LOVE Khan Academy! I discovered it thanks to another cool use of technology in our school district: Symboloo. The awesome ladies who organize our Data Guru meetings put together a Symboloo page of instructional resources. It was there that I found Khan Academy and shared it with my teachers a an excellent source of differentiation, especially for students who have mastered a skill set and are ready to go on to the next level before the rest of the class.

  4. What a blessing people like you all are, to our young and the world! Thank you. Please keep going in positive directions.

  5. soccernorsk says:

    I am interested in this topic and would like to ask your opinion on raising children in another culture. We have lived in China nearly 3 years. I am Norwegian and my husband is American. My kids are 2, 4, 6 and 8 and I have recently been asked (by our Chinese tutor, actually) about our goals for their Chinese school this year. My current situation is the two oldest go to 1 and 2 grade for a half day in Chinese primary school, and I am homeschooling them “light” in the afternoons with a US homeschooling literature based curriculum. We anticipate living here for possibly several years (if things go well maybe they will finish high school here). Could you point me to a resource(s) that can help me think through what they actually “need” to go to a western (US) university? and what your opinion on how that lines up with what they “need” to maximize their potential and prepare them for adulthood? I know they are getting a well rounded life with cross cultural skills, but I have to think a little bit about book learning too, I suppose. Thanks! Eva

    • audedu says:

      That is a very good question! Your children are so fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from the infusion of several different cultures as they grow up. The East meets West experience will give them remarkable advantages in the 21st century. Since you are homeschooling some and their school is asking how they can help, you may be interested in the Common Core Curriculum Maps: http://commoncore.org/maps/. 46 of the United States are adopting Common Core, so having educational experiences that follow the sequence of these standards will help your children when they apply to a US College or University. It is also helpful to Google colleges you may be interested in and click on their admissions requirements. Then click on International Students to find out more. If your children have dual citizenship due to their father’s heritage, that could be of value with regard to fees. If not, you may want to consider relocating to the United States, to the state they will attend school. In most cases a year or two as a state resident will prevent “out of state” fees (which are sometimes triple the cost they would be if you had been a resident for 24-48 months). Again, look at the college’s website to get all the details. Follow up by calling an admissions counselor if the site is ambiguous.

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