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May 8, 2018

If you've ever read an article about parenting, there is a better than fair chance that it says you're doing it wrong. Snow plows, helicopters, and tigers are actually really kind of cool in their own right, but apparently when applied to parenting, they are synonymous with Darth Vader—who by the way is not considered a great parent. Clearing the way, hovering, and bearing your teeth are just not acceptable in polite company. It seems to me that rather than labeling parents as maniacal task masters, we might do better to provide encouraging and positive metaphors. To that end, I'd like to offer ...

March 23, 2018

Every month I receive a newspaper devoted to comics— it was a gift from my father-in-law. In each issue, there is a Harper's Index. If you haven't read it before, it's a list of percentages, ratios, and averages of interesting facts. For example:

Number of questions readers of a Norwegian news site must answer correctly about an article before commenting. Answer: 3

This factoid grabbed my attention. When I read online articles and the comment section that follows, it often strikes me that many of the comments demonstrate little understanding of the article or sometimes give the impression that the read...

February 2, 2018

Although it would be difficult to confirm and I had some difficulty finding Regression Therapy on Craigslist, I think that the number one frustration that infants endure is not being able to express their needs in a language that yields best results. Sure crying when hungry, tired or soiled works, but the nuance of I'd really like to pet that puppy but first I need to grab the glasses off your face is lost on primary care givers. To add to that frustration, once children enter school and are more than capable of expressing their needs, wants, and interests, they are rare...

December 12, 2017

Broken Crayons Still ColorDifficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations and Enjoy the Little Things were a few of the wise words rendered in an art class by our students. Their words offer a powerful reminder. The gift of appreciation for the little things is a gift that keeps on giving.  

At Logan, we have one simple (little) rule, namely "Show love and respect for yourself, each other and your environment." Each school day offers numerous examples of great little things that adhere to this rule: the Primary student who regards the letter from his big buddy as a precious...

October 25, 2017

This summer I sat on my mother-in-law’s back porch and found myself thinking about Logan. With a llama, a horse, and the Oregon hills for inspiration, I challenged myself to distill Logan’s approach to education in two words. Sure I could talk about units and primary source experiences, but those were things that would require further explanation to understand their significance. For my challenge, I wanted to define Logan conceptually. It wasn’t until I reworded the question to ask “what gifts are we offering our students?” that I arrived at my answer, namely Problem-solving and Empathy

Problem-solving a...

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