Education & Learning – Are they the same?

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“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

Albert Einstein

We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.” 

Sir Ken Robinson

The age old debate of whether education and learning are the same is gaining momentum. Never before has education been so valuable and yet, whether learning has occurred is now being questioned.  We have the technology that allows us to communicate and transfer knowledge across the globe in a matter of seconds; the possibilities for advancement are virtually limitless.  Yet, in our dangerously divided world, this potential can only be realized when our learning institutions raise the hopes and spirits of humanity.  Only then can we, as a global community, learn to seek peaceful solutions, embrace diversity and experience a renaissance.

A Week of Remembering – A Scientist Speaks

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The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

Remembrance Day services honour the fallen.  It is a memorial, a time of giving thanks and a way of showing respect for the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  But there are many others who have given their legs, arms, eyes, and hearing.  Others suffer post traumatic stress disorder and face an uncertain integration into mainstream society.   Friends and families share their distress as the valiantly support these brave men and women through the rehabilitation process.

Every Remembrance Day, I pledge to honour our armed forces by seeking peaceful solutions in my interactions, supporting just causes, upholding noble efforts and celebrating community.  We can all make a difference.

“Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”

“The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem.  It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.”

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

A Week Dedicated to Intelligence

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Secretly, we would all like to think that we have a smidgeon of genius.  It doesn’t have to be much, just enough to know that we have some claim on intelligence.  After all, we’ve been taught from early childhood that achieving high marks is a noble pursuit. And the competition and the stakes continue to escalate as we mature into adulthood.  This week will be dedicated to the search for genius.  Perhaps, we can leave the competitive ring and focus on the quest of knowledge.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Albert Einstein

Munich – Albert Einstein’s hometown.

A Day of Peace – September 21, 2012

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Each year, on September 21, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world.  We live in a global community that must come today to seek ways in which to build a future that is sustainable.  May we find ways to bring peace in our lives and share it with others…

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. 
Mother Teresa

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” 
Dalai Lama

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. 
Albert Einstein