It's time now to try something more diverse, more tolerant of individual differences, more kind-hearted toward our children - especially toward the children whose families have been shut out from participating in the myths of corporate America: in sum, more truly human, more profoundly spiritual, more celebratory of LIFE. After all, as we have seen so vividly and poignantly in the last week, it is who we are!
These are times that call for a prayerful perspective: for humility, for simplicity of living styles, for creativity - for poetry, for song, for compassionate innovation. We need thoughtful responses to the very real evils that have been let loose among us.
Especially, the hope and prayer of this site is to offer help and support by focusing on the prevention of school violence - or on violence against children - by empowering children in ways that work, that recognize the true nature of childhood, that counsel personal relationships with children in ways that nourish their creativity and release their natural spirituality and altruism.
I think we may all need to learn (prayerfully, mindfully) how to "make it up as we go along" - as we did and do in The Free School - as an antidote for impulses toward either automism or revenge - especially toward mindless reprisals to deeply felt injuries.
Let's stop defining the need for school learning solely as one of more academic success through more and more stringent school curricular development. Let's remember that the way to find happiness is not through promoting the myth of personal wealth and status but through living one's life, just as John Dewey - and John Denver - told us a few years ago!
Altogether, these pages represent the creativity and caritas of a circle of people that believe, in equal measure, in themselves, their work, humanity and the earth. We all need to get to know each other! Unity in diversity is a powerful tool with which to create change. That's why you will find a big group of facsimile websites here, whose owners have given us permission to use them as springboards to the real thing. So this motley webpage is an invitation to share in the bounty of that loving circle and then to go and do likewise, remembering that it takes ALL of us to make the changes we all yearn for.