"Care. Care more than you need to, more often than expected, more completely than the other guy. No one reports liking Steve Jobs very much, yet he was as embraced as any businessperson since Walt Disney.
"Anthropologist Clifford Geertz said that we can never fully understand the behavior of a community, or an individual, without appreciating the context in which that behavior occurs. That act of looking for clues in the past to the actions of individuals in the present is one of the roots of empathy" - Michael Ungar, Ph.D
"In today’s modern world, we exert our own powers of selection via culture: for better and for worse. If we want our children to grow up with more ‘empathic concern’, to be less disruptive and more cooperative, then maybe music should be as essential throughout the school curriculum as math and English."
"To be in line with another person’s inner world leads to a deeper understanding and a great interpersonal skills development and with the help of our “mirror neurons” allow us to play emotions found in others and with this have a sense of shared experience."
"In the last decade, the Canadian province dramatically improved its education system to become one of the best in the world. Its innovative strategy can provide a blueprint for U.S. reform." We are proud that KEEN 5X and Prelude, which we developed in Ontario, are being showcased today by the 2012 SIIA Education Tech Industry as two of the most innovative relevant new products this year."
"I'm Judy Willis ... I've been a neurologist for 15 years and after the 15 years my patient practice really changed. I started getting so many referrals for kids whose teachers thought they had ADD, obsessive compulsive disorder, staring spells, seizures petit mal epilepsy, and the increase was huge and yet the kids had no greater incidence of it. And I saw the notes were coming from the school so I visited the schools. I'd look in the classrooms and I saw kids who indeed were playing with everything they could find, staring out the window, coloring on someone's chair or book.
The problem was that the way they were being taught was lectured. There were kids sitting in rows in first grade just listening to the information or filling out worksheets. And I know the brain goes into a state of stress from boredom. So it was my idea that I'd go to school, get a teaching credential, become a teacher and I did it for the past ten years I taught second grade, fifth grade, and seventh grade, and applied what I know about the brain to the classroom and found that just making subtle, easy changes that anyone could do got kids back in the state of voluntary behavior and they learned easily, and they were successful. Their mindsets changed."
"Our institutions are failing not merely because they're bankrupting us financially, but because they're bankrupting us in human terms; that, having become something like Alcatrazes for the human soul, they fail to ignite within us the searing potential for the towering accomplishments necessary to answer today's titanic challenges."
Via Willy De Backer
"When students are disengaged from school and learning, we need to strategically reach inside them and rekindle the natural motivation to learn that all young people have" Dr. Maurice Elias, Rutgers University
"Educators who haven’t heard the phrase “disruptive innovation” should look it up. It was coined by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen to explain what happens when a new technology or a new application of a technology challenges an old market."
"Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge."
"Occasionally, a business somewhere will adopt a radical approach to ensuring that their employees have a fulfilling work life, and actually make it work. One such business, has claimed to have succeeded in turning work life on its head for its employees, and has become a far more successful business because of its radical approach. This excellent article, discusses how one organisation designed their business to unleash the passion in their employees, and it outlines how they created a workplace that provides fulfillment for their many employees."
"In a national survey, teachers say they believe that using digital games in the classroom helps students maintain concentration and enthusiasm for learning, while making it easier for teachers to differentiate instruction and assess students....The survey, Teacher Attitudes about Digital Games in the Classroom, released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in collaboration with and support from BrainPOP, was released at the NewSchools Venture Fund-Aspen Institute Summit in San Francisco."
"The legacy of the industrial education model is strong. There is little dispute that the model must change at a system level, but progress towards and evolution of the needed changes are still glacially slow. Inspiring examples of a 21st century model are present today, but the imperative to build an education model that is open, connected, engaged and personalised has not yet reached its tipping point."
Via Peter Verschuere
"Search Inside Yourself is a free course Google provides employees that is designed to teach emotional intelligence through meditation, a practical real-world meditation you take with you wherever you go."