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Failure Of An Icon?: The Nuclear Family

Is the nuclear family, an icon of the 20th century American dream, a failed human experiment? Hidden within the seven weeks I spent on Leg 1 of Wisdom Road this fall was a feature of rural America that is becoming as extinct as the buffalo that once roamed the plains: large, extended families.  As I [...]

By | 2022-11-05T17:00:09+00:00 November 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

McGillis School: Living Their Mission of Values-Based Education

The guiding values of McGillis School, in Hebrew and English A visit to the McGillis School in Salt Lake City has made a fine end to Leg 1 of Wisdom Road.  McGillis is a K-8 school with several very interesting and almost unique elements that I think make it a sure bet to [...]

By | 2022-10-26T01:24:18+00:00 October 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 46: Sunday Morning On the Standing Rock

Somewhere on this Sunday morning, church bells ring to call the faithful to kneel before a stained glass reprieve.   There ain't nothin' short of dyin'Half as lonesome as the soundOn the sleepin' city sidewalksSunday mornin' comin' down Kris Kristofferson My God, the hues and textures of autumn grassy plains tipped by low morning sunlight, [...]

By | 2022-10-19T14:35:12+00:00 October 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wisdom Road Day #35: Is Rural America Dying or Just Evolving?

East-central South Dakota is a poster of American farmland; corn, soybeans, cattle, and silos, out to every horizon, punctuated by tiny hamlets with populations that rarely exceed two digits, and a few larger towns with a gas station, a truck repair shop, a few stoplights, churches, and a school.  Over the decades, the quintessential small [...]

By | 2022-10-06T20:49:52+00:00 October 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day #33: Finding the Good

The things that break us are not the not the core stuff. It's the ancillary stuff. An order of Benedictine nuns came to Yankton, South Dakota in the 1880's and has been a mainstay of the town along the Missouri River ever since.  Today they share a campus with Mt. Marty University and the largest [...]

By | 2022-10-01T18:03:05+00:00 October 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wisdom Road Day 29: Small Town Struggles and Comforts

Were Muddy Mo’s a campus cafe there would be bad folk singers on a microphone late in the evening; and were it a bar it would be the kind with local brews on tap where everybody knows your name.  Instead it is a simple coffee shop in an old brick building on one of the [...]

By | 2022-09-29T00:44:24+00:00 September 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edu-Stop on Wisdom Road; Must See School

About four years ago I visited and reported on the personalized learning in elementary and middle schools in Harrisburg (South Dakota) School District.  Since then I have pointed all of my school network colleagues to Harrisburg; if you want to see what a transformed school of today/future looks and works like, get on a plane [...]

By | 2022-09-24T14:44:29+00:00 September 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments