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Granting Life

People are alive to the degree that life has been granted to them and alive to the degree that he has granted life to himself and others.  Or stated another way, grant life to yourself and others and life begets life.

We are here…we are alive this very moment.  Look around and grant that same life that is in you to your possessions, appreciate those things, take care of those things that take care of you.  Grant life to the community you live and work in, saying to yourself, ‘Hey, this is a great place to live and the people here are wonderful!’  The town and the people in it eventually will conform to the life you give it to that degree.  Just think what a difference it would make starting with just idea.

This day grant life to yourself, to your family, to your home, to your possessions, to each other in the community…And the degree you grant that life into people and things is the degree of aliveness it becomes.  Funny how things work out that way…but try it…do it each moment.  As an artist and illustrator, I’ve got to breathe life into what I’m drawing or doing on canvas or it just won’t communicate to others.  If I can’t do that, then to that degree, I have not accomplished my goal as an artist.  You don’t have to have a degree from a major art school or to have studied under someone to create…just imbue LIFE into it…desire it, feel it, put emotions in it…and it’ll communicate and be alive to that degree.   It’s amazing what things can happen from granting life to yourself and others.

So go out there and be your great self-GRANT LIFE!  Help, support, play with, imagine, uplift, act with kindness…It is something which we can ALL do…and it is relatively simple.

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What Are They Thinking?

Another great post.

Joke Reeder's Educational Articles

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If you are raising a child with a moral code only, you are not raising an ethical being; you are raising an obedient child.

Don’t be shocked when, as a teenager, he rebels to all those orders, yet is not able to come up with survival solutions to his problems.  Following orders has not trained him in reason or judgment, and that’s what ethics is: rightness adjusted by judgment and reason.

School systems no longer teach logic or reason.  Students must choose between a right and a wrong answer, and these are learned by heart.  The students never get to flex their muscles about relative rights. They are not trusted to think, required to evaluate data or draw conclusions based on what they have observed.  The right-and-wrong system in our schools is a system of anger where the student is too scared to form a…

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The Student is Not the Problem

Part of the problem does lie in seeing the student as the problem. If we could see all students as possibilities and opportunities and take responsibility for them as our own and help them thrive, instead of drugging and labeling them, we’d see different results. Agree.

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Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 8.49.34 PMThere used to be good teachers and bad teachers, and you could tell them apart by looking at their students.  

When Jamie Escalante taught mathematics in South Central LA, every student passed, every year.  Many passed the advanced placement calculus test as well. He delivered.

Other teachers in the same school, teaching the same students embraced the obstacles the environment presented, and they failed utterly.

See “Stand and Deliver” and watch a good teacher in action.  He brooked no excuses.  They did a good job of capturing his passion.

That was then….

These days we are led to believe that there are good students and bad students and you can tell them apart by their grades, disabilities, and disorders. 

Unhampered, then, by any uncomfortable feelings of culpability, a teacher can now do a bad job, not do the job at all, because the parents, themselves…

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