I haven’t had a lot of time to write these days. School is winding down and end-of-year details are winding up: budgets, purchasing, NCLB applications, and many, many events. I wanted to share a few things that I’ve read and watched lately:
The first, in following with the end-of-year theme, is the commencement speech by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m a big fan of hers. I really enjoy the humor she injects in to her writing (and this speech) as well as the content she writes about. If you haven’t read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle yet, I highly recommend it. Here’s a quote (from the more serious side of her speech):
In the last 30 years our material wealth has increased in this country, but our self-described happiness has steadily declined. Elsewhere, the people who consider themselves very happy are not in the very poorest nations, as you might guess, nor in the very richest. The winners are Mexico, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the kinds of places we identify with extended family, noisy villages, a lot of dancing. The happiest people are the ones with the most community.
The second piece is a video called “Learning to Change” by the Digital Arts group at the Pearson Foundation for CoSN. It’s another video that you should show to teachers and stakeholders in your schools. Take a look: