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  • Brigit Law 11:16 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Journalism, onderwijs, PTA   

    Kids Minds Matter 

    Last week, I started with a new – the second – team of Scottie Chronicle reporters, and this evening I finished their ‘Reporter Survival Pack’ with worksheets, letter to parents, Tips & Tricks in journalism, as well as the necessary candy treats, pens and block notes (see picture below).

    These groups of school kids are one of the best things I have experienced in my time in the US.

    Compared to Europe, the American PTA has amazed me. So much more support from parents seems to be needed here, and so much more can be achieved when parents and teachers work together. Compared to Europe where parental support is often limited to lice control, reading mom/dad or Christmas party, the American PTA opens doors to parents to set up Science Fairs, Book Fairs, National Reflections Art Awards programs, Spelling Bees, and much more.

    Inspired by the American spirit of ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ (as long as you are willing to execute your own ideas), I became the CEO of my own PTA program: The Scottie Chronicle – a school news paper for my kids’ Scotland Elementary school in Chambersburg, PA.

    Working with these kids brought me closer to my quest to understand better the way humans communicate. How much can kids critical minds bring to an organization, a community, a school? And, are we really listening to them? Can we let them lead us in how we should lead them?

    One thing is for sure, not listening to the perceptive minds of kids or watching them grow up with our full attention, will keep us falling behind in social development and economic prosperity.

    In the end it is like horse riding: you can only lead a horse if you let the horse educate you on it’s needs.


  • Brigit Law 4:22 pm on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , onderwijs, USA   

    Reading today’s BBC news: “Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the US is now the only major economy in the world where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20154358

    Today’s lazy attidude towards education is said to be one of the problems: “Where once education was considered a privilege, now it is considered not merely a right, but something to be taken for granted and even resented as an imposition.”

    The other part that strikes me as an active PTA parent and member is that “… the education system focuses more on perceived deficits (learning DISabilities, etc.) than on perceived potential.”

    PTA’s nation wide may see a much more important role coming their way in the near future. Finding and stimulating the right balance in learning behavior, expectations and human potential is at stake. And when their is no finanical argument to make at the moment, other reasons for education should be explained: such as (personal) intellectual satisfaction, innovation, creativity and respect.

  • Brigit Law 1:36 am on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Herman van Veen, lyrics, muziek, onderwijs, songteksten, workshop   

    Gezocht: Engelse versie van “Als ik kon toveren” (Herman van Veen) 

    Voor het Herfst Festival op de Amerikaanse school van mijn kinderen – wij zijn deze zomer naar Pennsylvania verhuist – zoek ik een Engelse versie/vertaling van het lied “Als ik kon toveren ” van Herman van Veen.

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