Tuesday, April 20th, 2010


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You’ve seen the movie. You’ve read the book. Now listen to the podcast!

Hosted by renowned educator Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers Podcast features thought-provoking conversations with Ms. G’s original students from Room 203, “Freedom Writer Teachers,” and special guest speakers such as original Freedom Riders Jim Zwerg and John Lewis, Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine, and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Whether you’re an educator, a parent, a mentor, or a student, the podcast’s purpose is to engage, enlighten, and empower you to make a difference. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom Writers graduation from Wilson High School, discover the humanity in history and the power of storytelling to change the world.

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More voices. More stories. Only on the Freedom Writers Podcast.

Watch the trailer and learn more on at the Freedom Writers Foundation website. The podcast is available for download on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

by Daniel Goleman, author of Ecological Intelligence: The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy

Near the start of the 20th century William James wrote that “an education in attention would be the education par excellence.” That was then.

Today, a century after James, I argue that the most crucial education would be in ecological intelligence—and that this demands rethinking and updating curricula in ecoliteracy in fields ranging from physics and chemistry to business and psychology.

Let me explain what I mean by ‘ecological intelligence’.  For the 10,000 or so years of human history before the Industrial Revolution—what geologists call the Holocene Age—survival for the vast majority of people depended on each group’s keen understanding of the ecosystem it inhabited, whether the Kalahari or the Siberian tundra. Failure in this basic ecological knowledge meant death. (more…)