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John Lennon’s Advice on Education

I wonder what education might look like if we followed this simple advice each day for every person who walked in the door’s of our schools?

Imagine a world where we could be happy, responsible, and not deny others their opportunities?

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

12 responses »

  1. So true. Often it’s the simple moments with my kids that makes me the happiest.

  2. Reblogged this on elketeaches and commented:
    ….and, I think all teachers should read Nel Noddings book “Happiness in Education”

  3. Reblogged this on The Jog and commented:
    I have just been chatting about the happiness and wellbeing research at LSE when this fought my eye – how well said.

    • A course I will be taking this summer examines the role of happiness in leading an ethical personal life. I think happiness, its connection to well-being, and to living ethically are often overlooked.

      • Good luck with the course. It’s funny how the more obvious truths are often overlooked. If there’s unhappiness there is something wrong. I look forward to reading more of your posts – I came across your blog via Francesca Zelnick’s.

      • I enjoy reading Francesca’s work. We also have a common connection in Simon Marsh.

  4. This is wonderful, Ivon! I have not seen this before and it is truly inspiring. If we could only keep the simple priorities of life in mind, education and life would be so much more meaningful for ourselves as well as our students/children. Thanks for posting this!

  5. One of my favorite quotes! As a former educator, we sometimes miss the forest for the tree’s. Trying to accommodate the great majority of students some different drummer’s slip through our fingers. Hopefully I touched more than I lost.

    • The fault rarely lies in the classroom. It lies in the hands of those who are outside the classrooms making decisions that force teachers into difficult places. Smaller class sizes, inviting parents and the community to be part of the education of their children, and creating a space for children to learn is essential. I am sure you are great teacher. Just your wondering about hoping you touched more than you lost suggests this to me. Those who never ask are oblivious. Your comment suggests caring and the educational system has lost a great teacher.


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