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Educating for Human Greatness: A New Paradigm and Unifying Model for Reinventing Education

Susan Notes:

I urge you to do two things: First, read Don Perl's note. Second, buy Educating for Human Greatness.

If we want to combat the forces ruining public education, we must let people know what's possible. YOU can start here.

Dear Colleagues:

Lynn Stoddard, lifetime educator and author, is not only a tireless advocate for our profession, but has also written simply and beautifully of addressing the individual dimensions of students, and thereby inspiring them to explore their own talents to become ever deeper and more wonderful, and thus ever more contributing members of society. In his book, Educating for Human Greatness, he writes of the seven dimensions of greatness, qualities so critical in fostering true learning.

Please read the attached synopsis of his book, or as Lynn himself describes it, "New Paradigm and Unifying Model for Reinventing Education," and if you agree with the concept, send it on, as Lynn suggests, to at least two others with your own personal note, and we can thereby raise the level of awareness of what is truly possible.

In solidarity,
Don Perl

Educating for Human Greatness: A New Paradigm and Unifying Model for Reinventing Education

Major Purpose:
Develop great human beings to be contributors to society.

Develop contributors by facilitating growth in these seven powers/dimensions:

1. Identity Γ’€“ The power of self-worth derived from developing oneΓ’€™s unique talents and gifts.

2. Inquiry Γ’€“ The power of curiosity and efficient, effective investigation.

3. Interaction Γ’€“ The powers of love, human relationships, communication and cooperation.

4. Initiative Γ’€“ The power of self-discipline and intrinsic motivation.

5. Imagination Γ’€“ The power of creativity in its many forms, including innovative problem-solving. Use all of the arts to nurture all forms of imagination and creativity.

6. Intuition Γ’€“ The power of the heart to sense truth and develop emotional intelligence.

7. Integrity Γ’€“ The power of honesty and responsibility.


Γ’€Β’ Nurture the development of positive human diversity Γ’€“ help students develop as unique individuals with their own sets of talents, gifts, interests and abilities. Cease trying to standardize and make students alike in knowledge and skills. It is not only impossible, but detrimental to the whole system Γ’€“ administrators, students, teachers, and parents.

Γ’€Β’ Teach reading, writing, math and thousands of other disciplines as tools of inquiry, interaction, avenues to talent and gift development, and all seven dimensions of human greatness. Cease teaching skills and subjects as isolated ends in and of themselves, e.g., if you wish to develop voracious readers, focus on creating an insatiable curiosity in topics that interest the student. Basic skills and all knowledge are learned much better as a process of inquiry and with intrinsic motivation rather than by extrinsic imposition.

People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains.
Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in.

First, one must create a state of mind that craves knowledge, interest and wonder. You can teach only by creating an urge to know. Γ’€“ Victor Weisskopf

Γ’€Β’ Shift from useless standardized testing to authentic accountability and assessment of growth in the seven powers of greatness.

The Role of Teachers (Including parents): The basic act of teaching is to organize and provide experiences that stimulate inquiry, imagination, respectful interaction and the other powers of greatness. A teacher, through eyes of affirmation and appreciation, should see the unlimited potential of each special child.

For more details see http://www.efhg.org. You may also contact: Lynn Stoddard, lstrd@yahoo.com, and Anthony Dallmann-Jones, asdjones@gmail.com

— Don Perl and Lynn Stoddard


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