A collection of books, articles, and essays.
Recovering Leisure: Otium as the Basis of Education
This study examines the educational benefits of what the ancients called otium: the time and freedom from overt action that allows people to think about the world and their reasons for being. While leisure is not a new concept in philosophy of education, it is one to which not enough people pay attention. In the very few instances in which scholars have recently argued that leisure should make its way into our contemporary conversations on education, the argument, in my view, falls short due to the fact that the concept of leisure is still not well understood. This study seeks to demonstrate and illustrate the value of the ancient concept of leisure (otium) in an effort to show its significance for education today. It begins by offering a portrait of leisure, anchoring the discussion in the figure of Socrates, especially in Plato's "Phaedo". This discussion is further expanded by Seneca's account of leisure in "On the Shortness of Life". An extension of this portraiture follows by making direct liaisons with education, as the themes of the art of living and culture emerge. A full consideration of leisure in education continues by turning to the concepts of philosophy and contemplation. An examination of Yves R. Simon's definition of teaching as an "overflow of contemplation" provides a final consideration that leads to conclude that otium, as the ancient ideal of leisure, will benefit students, teachers, and society in general, by allowing us to recover a fundamental experience of human flourishing that finds its source in our time for education.
A Story in Paragraphs
Children are full of wonders. What they are able to accomplish under the right circumstances and guidance exceeds our highest expectations. This little book contains a treasure-trove of fourth and fifth graders' writing, but it contains the traces of much more than that, because their writing is based on true reading: the careful, disciplined attention to the behavior of great texts. "A Story in Paragraphs" bears witness to the accomplishments and promises of an education in leisure. Children can indeed fly, if only we don't clip their wings.
The Place of Leisure in Education
Reflection and presentation given at Teachers College, Columbia University, in November 15, 2012.
Not a Laughing Matter: The Value of Leisure in Education
A Classic Essay Review of Josef Pieper's Leisure: The Basis of Culture, published in Curriculum Inquiry, a journal from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at University of Toronto
The Noise from My Classroom
An essay about schools and schooling.
On eLearning and Snow Days
An open letter to Willy Geist and his co-anchors at NBC's Today Show following their report on eLearning in February 2014.
The Child in Leisure
Presentation given at the "SKBO Conference in Oss" in Holland, in October 2015.
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