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Learn as You Go

Why life's best lessons are outside the classroom. Here's how we can learn the skills to take on environmental and economic challenges, build resilient communities, and create good lives for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Issue 51
Fall 2009

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THEME GUIDE:
Learn as You Go

 

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EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Reinvent Yourself, Reinvent the World


New Visions

Solving today’s big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.

Take Back Your Education

Is school the place to get an education? A New York State Teacher of the Year says maybe not.

 

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TOC image: Grace BoggsA Lifelong Search for a Real Education

A star pupil coming of age in Detroit’s public school system looks to activist mentors for a real education.


World & Community

New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth’s living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?

Trade Your Job for a Green One

The green economy needs skilled workers. Here’s where they’re coming from.

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Life’s Best Lessons are Outside the Classroom

Kids go on the radio, visit farmworkers, start a snack shop—and score better than kids stuck inside with drills.

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The Power of “Why?”

What happens when young people learn to ask questions and think for themselves?


The Power of One

Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today’s world.

Grounded Learning

Why I’m turning to soil, water, sunshine, and greens.

: : Just The Facts: How Do You “Know?”
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YES! Photo iconSoil, Seeds, Salt: Education Brought Down to Earth,

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TOC image: Parker PalmerParker J. Palmer: Know Yourself

... and take your integrity to work.

YES! Photo iconParker Palmer on the Tragic Gap


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13 Acts of Radical Education

1. Roadtrip Nation Visits YES!
     YES! video iconA Brief Intro to Road Trip Nation

2. Free School Kids Take Charge

3. Santa Fe Tells Its Stories

4. Teens Listen to 90-Somethings

5. Melia Reschools Herself
    YES! video icon5 Best Ways to Reschool on the Interweb

6. Draft Horses Teach at College

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7. Youths Face the Holocaust
     YES! video iconMatt Damon Faces History

8. Citizen Scientists Listen to Flowers

9. Volunteers Teach Healing Arts

10. Activists Dream a New Future

11. Seniors Find More to Learn

12. Udaipur Hands Down Skills
      YES! video iconRegenerating Our Learning Commons

13. Parents Learn to Listen

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Breaking Open

Humor, story-telling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.

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POSTER:

12 Things Really Educated People Know


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The Healing Power of Prison Poetry

Frozen emotions, regrets, and fear give way to poetry in juvenile detention.

YES! Photo iconPongo Teen Poetry


Features

TOC image: Prickly PearNative Recipe for Health

How a Southwest desert tribe is combating diabetes and obesity by replacing fast food with the diet of its ancestors.

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YES! video iconSlide Show: Harvesting the Sonoran Desert

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Weapons of Mass Democracy

Here’s evidence that nonviolence is the most powerful tool to promote democracy and overthrow tyranny.

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Departments

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

COMMENTARY
:: Health Care Déjà Vu
By Brooke Jarvis

SIGNS OF LIFE
:: Amazonian Tribes Defeat Big Oil
:: Sit-In Keeps Factory Open
:: Legal Settlements Protect Voters
:: Cities Eat Local
:: Tribes Approve Same-Sex Marriage
:: Act Two for Clean Water

PEOPLE WE LOVE
:: Marisol Becerra
YES! video iconFighting Pollution in Little Village
:: Heng Monychenda
:: John Halas
:: Valerie Fast Horse

UPDATE :: YES! STORIES REVISITED
:: Hudson River Serves Up Oysters Redux
YES! video iconOysters Return to the Hudson

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QUOTE PAGE:
Mark Twain
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READERS FORUM

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Push Back Against Big Money

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:: Featured Partners
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:: Events

THE PAGE THAT COUNTS

YES! BUT HOW?
:: Toxic Beauty
:: Eco-Mail
:: Moss pHree
:: Raw Dog-Food

CARTOON CAPTION

 

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RESOURCE GUIDE

IN REVIEW
BOOKS
:: Just Another Emperor?
:: When the Prisoners Ran Walpole
:: Nowtopia

YES! MUSIC PICKS
:: The Low Anthem
:: Yusuf Islam
:: Frederic Rzewski
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YES! FILM PICKS
:: Fierce Light
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:: The Greening of Southie
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:: What's the Economy For, Anyway?
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