Studying in Thailand — Episode 5

We set out on foot for the first temple we wanted to go to, Wat Chiang Man. Since all three of us were thirsty, especially me, we went into a 7-eleven to buy something to drink. Before we got to Wat Chiang Man we came across a temple called Wat Phan On that looked nice,… Read More

Studying in Thailand — Episode 4

Since I had a plan to go sightseeing with my friends, I got up early this morning. I’ve been having cereal for breakfast as much as possible, in order to try to save money. I had suggested to my friends Susan and Tina that we go to see some of the sights in Chiangmai. Our… Read More

Studying in Thailand — Episode 2

The mattress on my dormitory bed is so hard that I’m finding it difficult to sleep. I woke up at 5:00 this morning. Feeling a little hungry, I went for a walk to find something to eat. I found some chicken on a skewer. I had to go out today to get a SIM card… Read More

“Game Over” for Katakana Pronunciation

Sitting in a Tokyo coffee shop, I heard a boy of six or so look up from the phone he was using and tell his parents “Game Over.”  What struck me was that his  pronunciation was very good  — he joined the two words together naturally and got the American “er” in “over” just right,… Read More

The perplexed horse in search of his place in the new paradigm

Collectively, we have been for half a century exhaling a breath of specialization, and our lungs are now empty. It is time now to converge back toward the centre, to take a deep breath. The professional momentum is now inexorably with the forces of integration. I sense that many PALT practitioners are either unconsciously gravitating towards or consciously groping towards a comprehensivist or convergent, integrative way of looking at their work. In other words, the needs and interests of the majority in the profession are less well served than those of the academic specialists. The majority are alienated from the dominant and diffusive force of specialization in PALT that has radiated into the profession a confused mindset that does not know how to make use of convergent or holistic thinking. Read More

Reflections on “Authority” in PALT

The demystification and weakening of authority from above in all spheres of life, and the corresponding empowerment of individuals — the strengthening of individual and personal authority— is an important elem ent in the long-term overall process of “globalization” (defined here as humanity’s realization of its unity). Read More

Graduate level laughter

Knowing how to and feeling free to respond to people as individuals first, students of a particular field second, seems to me to be the essence of a holistic approach to education. Read More

The kind of workplace we want, the kind of world we want…

Choosing to banish the excuses and prejudices that prevent us from achieving the kind of workplace that we want is the most powerful and empowering education that we can provide for students at this most dramatic time in human history. Read More