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Raising Wise, Loving, Whole and Happy Children: The Emotionally Healthy Child

I often use the term “Whole Child”.  It’s not a cliché to me.  It is practically my religion these days to consider what this reform or that shiny new thing, will mean to our blessed and whole, happy children. It rarely means something good.

And so, it is a comfort beyond words to me to know that those of us who care about the needs of the Whole Child – mind, body and character – are not alone and that choir of voices is growing.  In a very short space of time, three books landed on my desk that are worthy of passing on to the world.  They deal with the emotional and mental health of our little ones.

Visiting Feelings by Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, illustrated by Shelly Hehenberger

The first is a beautifully illustrated children’s book; a soft poem that is a lullaby to children in preschool or primary grades that takes a “mindfulness-based” approach to the many feelings that children will experience.



Labor Day and Back to School and Dr. King

There was a conjuncture of important days last week. Labor Day and Back to School and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Labor Day spoke to the jobs part of the Civil Rights March. But educational opportunities spoke to justice. And the 50th anniversary brought out the continuing need for educational justice for all students – preschool to graduate school.

Dr. King began his speech from a carefully prepared text. We see him referring to his notes in the black and white footage from newsreels. What we do not see was the singer Mahalia Jackson who had just electrified the multitudes singing “I’ve Been ‘Buked and I’ve been Scorned” sitting behind Dr. King. She says, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin. Tell ‘em about the dream.”


Judging Universities on How Much Money They Make

Lily Eskelsen García and Dorian Warren, associate professor at Columbia University, talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about President Obama’s new higher education proposals. Check it out!

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Live from Netroots Nation: Building a Movement to Prevent Gun Violence

Join NEA´s vice president, Lily Eskelsen García as she addresses issues of safety in our schools as part of the national debate around gun violence, and the politics of gun control.

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