And Annabel swung on the tire horse.
Until Eli finally broke the pinata open and let the toys out.
My big reward was when Eliot said, “That was awesome,” as she made her way down the spiral stairs.
Thanks to Maggie Neilson who brought this RSA story to my attention. Isn’t RSA animate marvelous. Such talented illustrators!
I like Sir Robinson quite a lot but there is an element of this that feels like too much complaining and frankly pointing out the problem is simply not enough nor is it productive. Simone (my daughter) reminds us regularly that “working together to find a solution is the important thing.”
Seth Godin’s blog had a great post recently that he called “What’s high school for?” and he nails it on the head. Sir Kenneth Robinson, what do you think of this?
- How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved.
- The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
- How to read critically.
- The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
- An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
- How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
- Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
- Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
- An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
- Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.
My friend Scilla Andreen is on The Film School board with me. She runs a company she started with Carlo Scandiuzzi called IndieFlixs. You can find great independent films on her website as well as a party game where everyone becomes a movie critic.
What a great birthday! Thank you! Breakfast in bed, the 1st grade book club and then friends over for a party.
Debbie and Peyman, Monica and David, Margit and Ben, Andrea and Dana, joined David, Naomi, Simone and me for salad, a variation on the cumin rich Judge’s stew and scrumptious dark chocolate cake. (Oh and a lovely flan from Margit.)
A delicious take on the Judge’s Stew…perhaps I’ll call this version the Probationers’ Stew. It’s more spicy and loaded with cumin.
The fennel, raspberries, goat cheese, soft garden greens and balsamic dressing made this a great salad.
Debbie baked the darkest richest chocolate cake. I saw her 10am post on Facebook about it cooking in her oven. After that I was a goner. Ended up dreaming about it for the rest of the day. Finally the moment came and it was even better than my imagination.