Interview with Seth Godin about Education and Change


I was one of the lucky few who was given an advance copy of Seth Godin’s book: Linchpin: Are you Indispensible? His book hits home for me especially involving education.

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I asked him how his ideas fit with schools today and how we can better prepare for our students’ future:

Q. Since I work with educators, I am curious how you see teachers leading this change to more of a gift-giving and artist model? How do you see teacher education in the future as it relates to this model?

Seth: Teachers are the key to the whole deal. All successful people I know can name one or two or three teachers that had a huge impact on them. But why three? Why not thirty? Why is it that the rest of the teachers were competent at giving exams and getting us to do well at those exams, but didn’t teach us enough to change us? Continued....

Part III: ON THE GREEN CARPET with Greg Reitman: SUNDANCE 2010


Part III:  'ON THE GREEN CARPET with GREG REITMAN' reflects on the 2010 SUNDANCE film festival and those filmmakers making conscious films and conscious choices. GREG REITMAN, a green correspondent and 2008 SUNDANCE Audience award winner, 'FUEL', reaches out to artists and filmmakers, seeing how these individuals are using their talents and technological knowledge to express 'FREEDOM'.

Part II: ON THE GREEN CARPET with Greg Reitman: SUNDANCE 2010


Part II: 'ON THE GREEN CARPET with GREG REITMAN' returns to the 2010 SUNDANCE film festival. GREG REITMAN, a green correspondent and 2008 SUNDANCE Audience award winner, 'FUEL', takes a glimpse into artists and filmmakers own Health & Sustainability views and what they're doing to make a difference.


ON THE GREEN CARPET with Greg Reitman: Sundance 2010


'ON THE GREEN CARPET' ventures to Park City, Utah for the 2010 Sundance film festival. Greg Reitman, a green correspondent and 2008 Sundance Audience award winner, 'FUEL,' is returning to Sundance with his video blog, 'ON THE GREEN CARPET', which looks at how artists and filmmakers incorporate conscious based living into their art and daily lives.


Disrupting Schools in the Midst of a Revolution


It seems like everything, including education, is changing. We’re in the middle of a revolution and may not even know it. Change is difficult for many teachers, parents, administrators and students that want to continue the status quo. Let me define what I mean as status quo for education:

A top-down system where teachers teach the set agenda with standards, tests, and text books. Each teacher is assigned a classroom where they usually close the door and teach their class in isolation. Schools start around 8am and end around 3pm. It is rare that the schools are used before or after schools now because funding is limited. Students sit in rows, answer questions that are asked of them by the teacher, write papers that only the teacher reads, and attend a school that may not have all the classes they need to meet their requirements for graduation.

Does this sound like your school? Are you okay with this system?  Continued...

If It’s That Warm, How Come It’s So Damned Cold?


by James Hansen, Reto Ruedy, Makiko Sato, Ken Lo

The past year, 2009, tied as the second warmest year in the 130 years of global instrumental temperature records, in the surface temperature analysis of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The Southern Hemisphere set a record as the warmest year for that half of the world.

Global mean temperature, as shown in Figure 1a, was 0.57°C (1.0°F) warmer than climatology (the 1951‐1980 base period). Southern Hemisphere mean temperature, as shown in Figure 1b, was 0.49°C (0.88°F) warmer than in the period of climatology.

Figure 1. (a) GISS analysis of global surface temperature change. Green vertical bar is estimated 95 percent confidence range (two standard deviations) for annual temperature change. (b) Hemispheric temperature change in GISS analysis. (Base period is 1951‐1980. This base period is fixed consistently in GISS temperature analysis papers – see References. Base period 1961‐1990 is used for comparison with published HadCRUT analyses in Figures 3 and 4.)

The global record warm year, in the period of near‐global instrumental measurements (since the late 1800s), was 2005. Sometimes it is asserted that 1998 was the warmest year. The origin of this confusion is discussed below. There is a high degree of interannual (year‐to‐year) and decadal variability in both global and hemispheric temperatures. Underlying this variability, however, is a long‐term warming trend that has become strong and persistent over the past three decades.  Continued...


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