Last update: 2007-06-27

Chapter 20: Judgment

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2007-06-27 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
In the end, it doesn't matter who we are as individuals so much as it matters that we all stood up together when we were called. We are all the same; we are all different. If we can find the synthesis between these two truths, then we've got it.…


Chapter 21: The World

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2007-06-27 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
If we do manage against the odds to make something of ourselves as a species, eventually the universe will come knocking. We have a lot we might offer. We don't know what that is yet, but we will. I suspect it will have little to do with our technological abilities or our scientific knowledge or our arts; I suspect our gifts will be more along the lines of our vivid imaginations, our powerful sense of beauty, or our great capacity for love.…


Chapter 20: Judgment

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2007-06-27 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
In the end, it doesn't matter who we are as individuals so much as it matters that we all stood up together when we were called. We are all the same; we are all different. If we can find the synthesis between these two truths, then we've got it.…


Chapter 21: The World

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2007-06-27 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
If we do manage against the odds to make something of ourselves as a species, eventually the universe will come knocking. We have a lot we might offer. We don't know what that is yet, but we will. I suspect it will have little to do with our technological abilities or our scientific knowledge or our arts; I suspect our gifts will be more along the lines of our vivid imaginations, our powerful sense of beauty, or our great capacity for love.…


Chapter 17: The Star

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Perhaps the future of education looks like this: perhaps it will begin with who we truly are as humans. Perhaps it will aid us in knowing our world, not only in a mechanistic way but in a complete way, with depths of beauty and mystery intact. Perhaps we’ll come to understand that we are a part of the earth, and that we can look around us and know, finally, that here we can be at home.…


Chapter 18: The Moon

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Let’s build a society where education can serve the purpose inherent in the word itself: educing that which is within us. Let’s build a society wherein people are honored and valued just because they’ve agreed to come to the planet and offer their individuality to the collective.…


Chapter 19: The Sun

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
When our minds are clear, when we know who we are and where we’re going, we finally sense that learning isn’t really a struggle. It may remain difficult, but that difficulty a pure one, a challenge we set for ourselves as we strive to transform our knowledge of the world into something that more fully parallels the world as it really is.…


Chapter 17: The Star

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Perhaps the future of education looks like this: perhaps it will begin with who we truly are as humans. Perhaps it will aid us in knowing our world, not only in a mechanistic way but in a complete way, with depths of beauty and mystery intact. Perhaps we’ll come to understand that we are a part of the earth, and that we can look around us and know, finally, that here we can be at home.…


Chapter 18: The Moon

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Let’s build a society where education can serve the purpose inherent in the word itself: educing that which is within us. Let’s build a society wherein people are honored and valued just because they’ve agreed to come to the planet and offer their individuality to the collective.…


Chapter 19: The Sun

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2007-06-17 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
When our minds are clear, when we know who we are and where we’re going, we finally sense that learning isn’t really a struggle. It may remain difficult, but that difficulty a pure one, a challenge we set for ourselves as we strive to transform our knowledge of the world into something that more fully parallels the world as it really is.…


Chapter 15: The Devil

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2007-06-09 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We are not intended to be creatures who maintain a singular level of consciousness. We weren’t created as beings whose purpose is to be entrapped by the world around us. The acorn is the mechanism of our intellectual and spiritual evolution.…


Chapter 16: The Tower

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2007-06-09 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
As we educate ourselves, we reclaim our power. Before too long, we begin exercising it. This is the nature of democracy, though those espousing their version of the term wouldn’t have us think so.…


Chapter 15: The Devil

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2007-06-09 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We are not intended to be creatures who maintain a singular level of consciousness. We weren’t created as beings whose purpose is to be entrapped by the world around us. The acorn is the mechanism of our intellectual and spiritual evolution.…


Chapter 16: The Tower

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2007-06-09 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
As we educate ourselves, we reclaim our power. Before too long, we begin exercising it. This is the nature of democracy, though those espousing their version of the term wouldn’t have us think so.…


Chapter 14: Temperance

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2007-06-03 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Transformative learning helps us express our fullness as humans. We find a way out of the ruts that humans are so good at creating and wallowing within. We find a path through the blockages (most of our own creation) that keep us from taking the opportunities for growth and change that life constantly hands us. This is liberation.…


Chapter 14: Temperance

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2007-06-03 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Transformative learning helps us express our fullness as humans. We find a way out of the ruts that humans are so good at creating and wallowing within. We find a path through the blockages (most of our own creation) that keep us from taking the opportunities for growth and change that life constantly hands us. This is liberation.…


Chapter 12: The Hanged Man

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2007-05-20 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We need to be willing to take a different look at our world, to incorporate ideas that challenge the ways in which we’ve constructed our sense of reality, and to consider that reality is more complex than we have made it out to be.…


Chapter 13: Death

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2007-05-20 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
At root, transformative learning isn’t about learning at all. Rather, it’s about forgetting some of the lies we’ve been taught about ourselves, and the rediscovery of what has been true all along.…


Chapter 12: The Hanged Man

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2007-05-20 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We need to be willing to take a different look at our world, to incorporate ideas that challenge the ways in which we’ve constructed our sense of reality, and to consider that reality is more complex than we have made it out to be.…


Chapter 13: Death

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2007-05-20 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
At root, transformative learning isn’t about learning at all. Rather, it’s about forgetting some of the lies we’ve been taught about ourselves, and the rediscovery of what has been true all along.…


Chapter 11: Justice

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2007-05-13 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Ideas aren’t dangerous. An idea is little more than a collection of words, a little packet of information, a plaything. An idea believed: now that is dangerous.…


Chapter 11: Justice

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2007-05-13 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Ideas aren’t dangerous. An idea is little more than a collection of words, a little packet of information, a plaything. An idea believed: now that is dangerous.…


Chapter 9: The Hermit

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2007-05-06 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
It’s a satisfying thing to shop at the bazaar of ideas, outfitting our internal spaces with just the right accoutrements. It is how we find our home in the world, and how we make it comfortable. It is how we make it uniquely our own. The spirit of learning, however, insists that we do so along the lines set out for us by that which is within us. It doesn’t do to take on another’s ideas just for sake of appearances. It doesn’t do to seek knowledge, no matter how important or socially redeeming, that doesn’t resonate with who we are.…


Chapter 10: Wheel of Fortune

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2007-05-06 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The wheel of fortune isn’t intended to tell us that some of us will win and some will lose; it’s trying to give us a big picture in which each of our lives might come to be seen as a meaningful part of a whole.…


Chapter 9: The Hermit

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2007-05-06 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
It’s a satisfying thing to shop at the bazaar of ideas, outfitting our internal spaces with just the right accoutrements. It is how we find our home in the world, and how we make it comfortable. It is how we make it uniquely our own. The spirit of learning, however, insists that we do so along the lines set out for us by that which is within us. It doesn’t do to take on another’s ideas just for sake of appearances. It doesn’t do to seek knowledge, no matter how important or socially redeeming, that doesn’t resonate with who we are.…


Chapter 10: Wheel of Fortune

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2007-05-06 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The wheel of fortune isn’t intended to tell us that some of us will win and some will lose; it’s trying to give us a big picture in which each of our lives might come to be seen as a meaningful part of a whole.…


Chapter 7: The Chariot

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2007-04-29 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The spirit of education insists that we clear the road ahead of us of the roadblocks that stand in our way. We can learn our way out of the nihilism, the despair, the depression, the consumerism, the addiction: whatever form of mental blocks we’ve put between the stirrings within us and our destiny. We can become ourselves.…


Chapter 8: Strength

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2007-04-29 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Our acorn grows with no urging from us if we allow it sufficient room; the strength that we derive from our passion clears the space for it, and protects it while it grows. The more unabashedly we claim our passion, the more fully we become who we were meant to be.…


Chapter 7: The Chariot

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2007-04-29 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The spirit of education insists that we clear the road ahead of us of the roadblocks that stand in our way. We can learn our way out of the nihilism, the despair, the depression, the consumerism, the addiction: whatever form of mental blocks we’ve put between the stirrings within us and our destiny. We can become ourselves.…


Chapter 8: Strength

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2007-04-29 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Our acorn grows with no urging from us if we allow it sufficient room; the strength that we derive from our passion clears the space for it, and protects it while it grows. The more unabashedly we claim our passion, the more fully we become who we were meant to be.…


Education: A Revision

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The word education comes to us from the Latin educere, which means “to lead out” or “to draw out.” Where education in the common parlance has become a process of adding cumulative layers to one’s store of knowledge, the true aim of education is to call forth that which is essential to the individual.…


Chapter 0: The Fool

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We have it all wrong when we ask children what they want to be when they grow up. The fool asks us who we want to be; education is the process of answering that question.…


Chapter 1: The Magician

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Didactic learning shouldn’t be an end in itself. Rather, it should be a part of a continuing cycle of learning, wherein students are given opportunities to engage with their areas of interest in a more personal way, at levels including more than simply their intellects, and toward ends more meaningful than a score on a final test.…


Chapter 2: The High Priestess

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Our inner, emotional nature is the basis of the meaning that our learning both depends upon and fuels. Without it, we become unbalanced between head and heart, and our learning can lead to the dead end of nihilism.…


Chapter 3: The Empress

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
True education isn’t merely a preparation for life. Education is a process of life itself.…


Chapter 4: The Emperor

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The day-to-day things we do in schools might be used toward the ends of freedom; they can also be used toward the ends of domination. Every interaction in schools places students within political contexts. It puts them in categories of haves or have-nots, of leaders or followers, and ultimately of masters or slaves.…


Chapter 5: The Heirophant

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
There is a sort of bliss that can come when one is on just the right path of learning. When one is on the path of bliss, things happen just as they are supposed to. Serendipities abound. Circumstances that couldn’t have been organized ahead of time magically appear.…


Chapter 6: The Lovers

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Education isn’t a process of being told what to think at the hands of experts. It is stepping out into the unknown territory of ourselves. It is in every way the Hero’s Journey.…


Education: A Revision

play
2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The word education comes to us from the Latin educere, which means “to lead out” or “to draw out.” Where education in the common parlance has become a process of adding cumulative layers to one’s store of knowledge, the true aim of education is to call forth that which is essential to the individual.…


Chapter 0: The Fool

play
2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
We have it all wrong when we ask children what they want to be when they grow up. The fool asks us who we want to be; education is the process of answering that question.…


Chapter 1: The Magician

play
2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Didactic learning shouldn’t be an end in itself. Rather, it should be a part of a continuing cycle of learning, wherein students are given opportunities to engage with their areas of interest in a more personal way, at levels including more than simply their intellects, and toward ends more meaningful than a score on a final test.…


Chapter 2: The High Priestess

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Our inner, emotional nature is the basis of the meaning that our learning both depends upon and fuels. Without it, we become unbalanced between head and heart, and our learning can lead to the dead end of nihilism.…


Chapter 3: The Empress

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
True education isn’t merely a preparation for life. Education is a process of life itself.…


Chapter 4: The Emperor

play
2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
The day-to-day things we do in schools might be used toward the ends of freedom; they can also be used toward the ends of domination. Every interaction in schools places students within political contexts. It puts them in categories of haves or have-nots, of leaders or followers, and ultimately of masters or slaves.…


Chapter 5: The Heirophant

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
There is a sort of bliss that can come when one is on just the right path of learning. When one is on the path of bliss, things happen just as they are supposed to. Serendipities abound. Circumstances that couldn’t have been organized ahead of time magically appear.…


Chapter 6: The Lovers

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2007-04-22 :: Jeff White Length: 45s
Education isn’t a process of being told what to think at the hands of experts. It is stepping out into the unknown territory of ourselves. It is in every way the Hero’s Journey.…


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