Is Education a Path to Freedom? Or an Instrument of Oppression?

Varied Emotions and Perspectives Make Freedom Difficult to Discuss As regular listeners already know, this podcast aims to rotate topics so that each episode examines aspects of one of the four cornerstones, the environmental issues, the agriculture, the health, and the freedom that set the foundation of healthy food systems.  As the host, I find … Read more

Food Security in the Classroom

Food Insecurity is a Barrier to Education Food insecurity is a growing problem in public schools, including college campuses.   In a nation that was once considered the bread basket of the world, even prominent media like the Washington Post are making note of growing food insecurity on campus.  Authors of a recent study out of West … Read more

Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed … Read more

Public Education Will Succeed When We Stop Forcing Horses to Drink

Every Horse Lover Knows You Can Bring a Horse to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Drink. Horses will drink when they are thirsty, and students will learn when they have need of knowledge. Public Education is Built on the False Premise that We Can Make Unwilling Students Learn. In 1992, I left public education … Read more

How Science, Education, and Government Promote Widespread Chronic Illness

Illness changes the way a person views the world.  I’ve spent much of my life following “scientific principles”  and “medically approved recommendations” for health management and diet.  I always trusted public education to provide information that is helpful to individual citizens.   Remarkably, the only times I’ve reversed any long term illness have been the times … Read more

Dimensions of Affirmative Action

December 1, 2012 Yesterday I received my November copy of Imprimis, a terrific little newsletter from Hillsdale College that features thoughtful discussions about education and civil liberty.  Edward Erler’s article therein challenges legislation that promotes equality through reverse discrimination.  His article contributes to recent affirmative action discussions generated by the Supreme Court case Fisher vs. … Read more

Diversity is Lost With Unidimensional Reasoning

Babies are born into multidimensional worlds filled with sights, sounds, odors, tastes, and sensations that stimulate all senses.  When early childhood experiences allow babies to apply these senses to diverse experiences, learning progresses rapidly.  Without formal coaching, babies quickly develop physical coordination important for walking.  Without grammer books, babies quickly acquire basic communication skills that … Read more

Multidimensional Reasoning Fosters Sustainability

Changing the way we live in our environment will require changing the way we think about our environment.  In nature, sustainability is achieved through diversity.   Complex food webs ensure that energy and natural resources crucial for life itself are continuously recycled and redistributed across ecosystems.  When biodiversity is lost, food webs become inefficient, and resources … Read more