Archive for StuartGrauer SmartBlogs

The challenge of translating small forums and local relevance into small global networks can be both empowering and frustrating.

During the summer of 2013, I attended the annual International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) in Boulder, Colo. The group was diverse and, there at altitude, the agendas were thick. Here are the job titles on some of the business cards I received: Partnership for Change, Feminist Teacher, Humane Educator, Simply Vera!, Coming out of Silence and Changing the World and Global Village School.[…] Continue Reading »

A new vision for the global education race: Schools in South Korea have pursued high test scores with great success. They are clear leaders in the global-education competition. So, why did they fly me, a California progressive, small-schools founder and advocate, to present the closing speech at the 2013 Annual Seoul International Education Forum to talk about “happiness in education”?[…] Continue Reading »

Children and adults alike use play to make sense of the world. Here are some things we develop through play: creativity, imagination, problem solving, resiliency and the ability to handle the unexpected.

Back in 1999, after eight years of operating out of a shop front (and eventually several shop fronts), we moved The Grauer School onto our dream site: five, green, coastal acres in Encinitas, Calif.[…] Continue Reading »

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” — Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

October is ADHD Awareness Month. It’s also autumn and apple-picking time. Warm colors are emerging in many areas.

Quite a few people I know with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are the extra-aware types.[…] Continue Reading »

What is puzzling and fascinating about the field of teaching at present is that we must become masters in getting the attention of students, and yet little emphasis is placed on the techniques we can use to shape that attention. Over the course of earning three academic degrees I sat for dozens of courses on education and none of them ever included a refined study of the art of paying or getting attention.[…] Continue Reading »