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About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.

The Peer Pressure I Will Not Succumb To

“30 minutes a day.” “1 hour a day” “Only on the weekends; and only for an hour or so” These are the statements I’ve heard from parents concerning playing video games.  I totally “get it” – but I don’t limit … Continue reading

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It’s a wrap

“I CAN’T GET THIS OPEN!” “HOW DO YOU GET THIS OPEN???” “PLEASE, I BEG OF YOU! MAKE IT OPEN!” I hear it again and again… from family, friends, my son’s teachers. But it never gets me down; it will never … Continue reading

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Rotary Terrors

It starts the same way every time…the dial-face looking at me. Me looking back. Even before my finger finds the “9” hole in the dial, I know I will not be able to manage this kind of phone. It’s a … Continue reading

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A Leap of Faith – The Week Wrap Up!

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
The Wrap-up and a Huge THANK YOU! “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”  ― Leonardo da Vinci This last post wraps up my series on A Leap…

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A Leap of Faith – A Parent’s Prespective

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
The mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.                                        …

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A Leap of Faith – A Student’s Perspective

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
The Thoughtful Student “For most people, the fundamental reason to choose, or offer, a progressive education is a function of their basic values: ‘a rock-bottom commitment to democracy,’ as Joseph Featherstone put it; a…

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A Leap of Faith – A Teacher’s Perspective

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
Unconditional Teaching “Accepting students for who they are, rather than what they do, is integrally related to the teaching of a whole child” – Alfie Kohn, The Whole Child People often ask me why…

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A Leap of Faith – A Series on Progressive Education

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
Jumping Across the Abyss to Progressive Education “We destroy the … love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and…

Posted in Blogging, Childhood, Children, Education, Humor, Parenting, Philosophy, Progressive Education, Society, Teachers, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

The Secret Keepers

Originally posted on It’s Nature Karen:
? I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to ask you to share this post. Reblog it, share it on Facebook, tweet it. Someone out there needs to hear…

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A Little Factoid ~

Originally posted on The Mercenary Researcher:
That could be me ~Cartoon by Charles Schultz Remember the worst kid on the Royal Blue softball team? The kid that was kind of chunky? Awkward with a bat? Was a little wheezy when…

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