A joyful group of international students puts on an unlikely production of a classic in American theatre — and discovers the power of storytelling to embody our surprising sameness across culture, geography, and time.
Conspicuous consumption may be on the decline, but does the alternative reproduce privilege in a more exclusionary way?
A Dutch theologian explains the religious principles at the heart of Trump’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Hint: it’s a Dutch neo-Calvinist minister and politician.
In these uncertain times, a young scholar turns to the wisdom of the fathers of the humanities and the mooring of beauty and healing they provide.
The struggle for soul in education and patriotism, the joy of marching in step, and reckoning with the legacy of our nation’s heroes and history.
At its best learning can also be a spiritual quest. A community of millennials is forging new networks for lifelong learning — that take the soul into account.
This moment forces us to face challenging questions about who we are as a nation, who we want to become, and how to get there.
What if our disenchantment is an opportunity? This moment calls us not to fall backward into cynicism, but to face difficult truths, and to work together to create a new reality.
Like all of us, Courtney Martin wants the best for her family, and rightly so. But from education to strollers, the best is often only accessible to a certain group. She reimagines responsible parenting as embodied care for one’s own, as well as for the families of strangers.
The challenges we fret over as adults are often simple in the eyes of our children. Sarah Smarsh offers an antidote to the vitriol of our politics — through viral videos that illustrate the wisdom of children.
Can we be more generous in understanding those who are different from us? Parker Palmer recounts lessons learned over a lifetime on our true proximity and kinship with “the other.”
Entrepreneur and digital wise man Seth Godin explores our capacity to use connection to elevate and advance the human spirit, on the Becoming Wise podcast.
The Camino de Santiago is a well-trodden path for pilgrimage and silent reflection with other wayfarers. But with the increasingly ubiquitous presence of Wi-Fi, is it encroaching on the aspects of what makes the adventure special?
We’re confronted with choices of wanting to do what’s best for our children and our communities. But sometimes they come into conflict with each other. What do we do then? Courtney Martin on the intersections of public and personal life as she makes school choices for her daughter.
The best education is one in which we listen to each other. Parker Palmer tells the story of a New York City cab driver and how he exhibits the many qualities necessary to be a good citizen today.
Einstein and Darwin were some of our most poetic writers. But a bifurcation has taken place, a rupture in the disciplines. A literature professor celebrates the natural symbiosis of the world of facts and the creative word.
Feeling ill-equipped as a Yankee living in the South, a teacher in Charleston, South Carolina grapples with talking about race with her students and exploring the multiplicity of narratives we so often ignore.
There are many connections most of us do not see. Stories of hope about educating the “whole child” in North Carolina and a village in Afghanistan using pizza party donations and Rumi’s poetry as a bridge.
What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the “many ways of being smart” and testing children.
Autumn inhabits the stretch in between beginnings and endings — and students dwell in that same space. With the help of Rilke, an educator voices the call to “live everything,” “have patience with what is unresolved,” and to “love the questions.”
For the producers here at Loring Park, it’s important to perform every aspect of our work with deliberate thoughtfulness. Here, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at all that’s involved in a seemingly small task: selecting a photo to represent the week’s episode.
To trust our children requires allowing them the room to act differently that we might expect. A mother’s argument for placing trust in our children’s expansive imaginations and empathic potential.
A mother reflects on curating an updated library of children’s literature for her daughter to read — one that speaks to “the full spectrum of brown and black folks to mitigate the future onslaught of ubiquitous whiteness” and people she could imagine being.
Rilke asks us to live the questions. Socrates says the unexamined life is one not worth living. But, staying awake to the moral complexities of one’s actions is not a quiet prospect.
Who you’re going to be and what you’re going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.
An immigrant child from Iran who transitioned to several high schools, Omid Safi shares the story of a Chemistry teacher who saw the potential in him. A quest to find her and thank her for forever changing his life — and that of generations to come.
The joys and sorrows of your life are sure to come and go. A commitment to learning at any age will sustain you and help you weather the peaks and troughs of life.
Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!
As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer “soft eyes” of compassion to our children.
Inspired by Du Bois, Cory Booker reflects on the individual yearning of black men as essential to collective struggle. For him, the gift of his skin color is in allowing a better appreciation of the texture of humanity and a deeper ability to feel compassion.
How do we teach our children to be aware, to question, to be tolerant, to be resilient and righteous? How do we nurture their brilliance and bravery? A photoquote from poet Elizabeth Alexander, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois
A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.
An imaginative video that brilliantly captures the essence and impact of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College.
A community college professor responds to Seth Godin’s story with his student’s poetry.
Every week for the past five months, a group of Arab and Jewish women from neighboring towns near Haifa, Israel have come together to cook. Each week, they meet in a different woman’s home, discovering their commonalities and differences by sharing recipes, culinary traditions, and childhood memories.
A doctrinal framework that’s fallen out of favor may be the best hope in giving Christian’s faith a structure and a language they can articulate.
In this lecture for Westmont College’s series titled “Beyond Two Cultures: The Sciences as Liberal Arts,” string theorist Jim Gates offers his thoughts on the complementary natures of science and the liberal arts — and how the human mind formulates “systems of belief” in both disciplines.
Kids play at the Campus Martius Fountain in Detroit. (photo: Maia C./Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0) After listening to this week’s…
Wonderful reactions to our show on the meaning of intelligence with Mike Rose. Here’s a line from his book Why School?,…
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Anoushka Shankar performs at the Wychwood Music Festival in 2007. (photo: Damian Rafferty/Fly) While listening to a classic SOF program,…
For this week’s show “Learning, Doing, Being: A New Science of Education,” Krista interviewed neuroscientist Adele Diamond, who studies how…
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a name that’s been bandied about the office in the last several weeks as a potential…
What inspires a person to learn the language of his ancestors, even though he didn’t grow up speaking that language…