I offer these mild bromides to all policy and curriculum writers, whether middle school or middle life ones:
10 Sane Bromides With Implications for Educational Renewal
- There should be no single path to learning or living. Diversity and adaptability in biological and social worlds are key to survival.
- The strength of a democracy can be gauged by the levels of participation and the continuing sustenance by its constituents.
- Economic success without personal happiness is misery; personal happiness without economic well-being is a myth.
- Real freedom is composed of equal proportions of liberty and responsibility.
- The greatest threat to freedom is a shortage of trust. As trust recedes, policing moves forward.
- Civilization requires both conservation and growth. Too much of either is the source of all moral and intellectual ill health.
- Leadership, in the classroom or the boardroom, requires equal proportions of support and challenge. Support without challenge breeds complacency and false competence. Challenge without support breeds intimidation and withdrawal.
- The offering of opinion is an eliminative act and serves a purgative purpose. Understanding, on the other hand, is the metabolic act that sustains human organizations.
- Ethical caring occurs at the intersection of cool reason and warm compassion.
- Play that is neither therapeutic nor constructive is never fun.