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W. E. Deming

I am not a manager of people. But, I have been managed by others my entire life and none of them, that I can recall, followed the principles put forth by William Edwards Deming in Out of the Crisis. I think his 14 points can be interpreted and applied to any organization, even a family...

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William Glasser

William Glasser wrote his book, Choice Theory, the year before I graduated high school. I often think that if the adults who cared for and looked after me had been aware of this book then I would not have struggled so much in my early adult life. Glasser’s writing completely changed...

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Magda Gerber

There is no other person I’ve read that so captures the heart of respect for children than Magda Gerber. Educated as a linguist, Magda Gerber learned how children could be treated as competent people from her physician Emmi Pikler. She dedicated the rest of her life to understanding...

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Judiciary Committee

In the real world, we all have a voice and can exercise our voice to bring about changes that align with our values. One way students can amplify their voice is by creating a committee that handles disputes and crimes between students. Ideally, the committee, referred to as the Judicial...

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The Caring Habits

One of the most powerful policies I’ve ever put in place was to see students as whole people at any age. For some, children are incomplete beings, not capable of responding to and not deserving respect. It changes the entire relationship. There are many behaviors or tactics adults...

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Free Expression

Our children and students are not products that are just being acted upon; they are people who are participating in the services we provide. Our attempts to clothe, feed, and provide sustainable shelter are services we provide to ensure their survival. Our acts of love involve...

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The Three Beliefs

The Three Beliefs The cornerstone of creating a need-satisfying learning environment is addressing assumptions and beliefs about the nature of behavior and of compulsion. I think and act in ways that I believe will help me meet a need, not because I’ve been conditioned to respond to...

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The Coffeeshop

I walk into the shop and see bustling activity and interaction. I approach the counter to order my coffee. “Your coffee is free but please make sure that everyone’s cup around you is also full.” “What?! How is that my responsibility? Why can’t they come and...

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The Workshop

A workshop is a space where work is being done. There are tools and colleagues, projects and ideas, duties and responsibilities. There may be a bin of rejected materials and half-finished work sits because it does not meet the standard. Very few items are abandoned to the trash bin...

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The Gardener

I once had an idea for a garden. I would go and buy the rarest and expensive flowers for my garden. I would pull these flowers from ecosystems around the world and bring them into the same soil. I would monitor their state and make sure they were in an environment that was well lit, with...

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