Friday, May 29, 2020

In Spite of COVID-19, Never Give Up

I love this video for kids, teachers, AND parents. It provides a little boost in life and what we need as we go through "paralysis analysis" in determining next steps for our children, schools, AND homes.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Look at the Pandemic

I find myself asking what are we learning from this historic pandemic?

Some thoughts and resources . . .

Humanity is far better off when everyone is working together, rather than forming tribes and forcing people to care for their tribe rather than caring for humanity, especially when we look at the world population. In America, we experienced this humanity/tribe effect before, during, and after the Civil War and World War II.

Tribes and the evolution of humanity are so well explained in the popular book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari—see my June 9, 2019 blog post, and in Sebastian Junger's book Tribesee my July 8, 2016 blog post. Both books can be helpful in understanding where we are as a global society in the midst of this pandemic.

One last resource is equally powerful: the podcast "Making Sense" with Sam Harris and his May 1 conversation with Yuval Noah Harari. It has so much good pandemic perspective information on what is going on around us during these difficult time.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Netflix to the Rescue

With the pandemic and quarantine restrictions, we find ourselves looking for things to do with our kids and ourselves. Netflix to the rescue. As reported in the Los Angeles Times on April 21, "The company gained 15.8 million global subscribers, surging ahead of Wall Street’s expectations of 7.6 million. It now has a total of 183 million customers."

Watch this TED Talk where Netflix co-founder and CEO, Reed Hastings, talks about Netflix's success. His dedication to supporting schools is most impressive, particularly his work with KIPP.