What have I accomplished? I am a parent of two self sufficient, intelligent, beautiful people who can love and be loved, and who share their love with me. So far, I have a bachelor of science in elementary education, a masters of the arts in special education: teaching the gifted, talented & creative with a specialty in creativity. I started recently to learn about horticulture and again find how much I do not know. I have been lucky in life to have written and performed my music in many US cities, and feel grace everytime I am able to write and perform again. I seek understanding in all things, especially myself, with the hope of being a better person. I am also lucky in that I have taught/facilitated many learners of all ages in their quest to better understand themselves and the world around them. I am on a continuing journey to working with, and fully living with my partner and husband of quite a few decades. In knowing him, I am learning about knowing many in my life. I strive for wisdom, but know I fall short many days. But I'm still hoping.
Learning, being creative, being present, and helping our country and the world by being educated and awake.
What if educators were part of a respected profession in which those participating would challenge themselves by learning in rigorous ways. This experience would translate into understanding of what high level learning behavior looks and feels like. Student/learners in schools populated by these engaged professionals would expect to work at the job of becoming more educated. Parents of these student/learners would be welcomed participants in the education of their children and would find in these new schools a place where they, too, can learn, and also understand the process used by educators in the continuing development of thought, art, understanding, science, brain development, stages of growth, and whatever else the community requires/requests/needs. Schools would not look like brick factories, nor would it be required that learning happens inside, sitting still and listening to one teacher/facilitator. Learning would occur throughout the day, within the community. What if...
It's hard to know this.
When I first "found" ted I was elated, ecstatic, hopeful and engaged-things I had missed in my life. Knowing that there are people all over the world that are working-and succeeding-at solving the problems that face us helped bring back my enthusiasm and energy for change. Even if people sharing their ideas are merely pointing out a problem, they are opening a door in which I can walk through and see a room of compadres. I continue to visit ted hoping that one of the many individuals making changes and being brave about their individualism will push me forward in maintaining my desire to affect the world positively, too. Thank you, ted, and all those who come together here. You are valued.
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