Dr. Shanker

27 08, 2019

A Self-Reg Look At “Preparing Kids”: Is It Time To Change The Conversation?

By | 2019-08-27T05:21:22+00:00 August 27th, 2019|

As we go back into the classroom this week to get ready for school, I'm doing some thinking around a phrase that I hear quite frequently in educational circles: the need to "prepare children" for the next grade. Recently, I started to look at this phrase through a Self-Reg lens, and this [...]

30 07, 2019

How Do You Build Classes?: When Connections Matter Most

By | 2019-07-30T07:54:22+00:00 July 30th, 2019|

Recently, I shared my Self-Reg journey on The MEHRIT Centre Website. As I mentioned in my profile here, I now find myself seeing everything through a Self-Reg lens. I was reminded of this recently, as I worked with the other Summer Curriculum and Site Support teacher to get things ready [...]

10 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part Three: In Pursuit of Liberty AND Freedom

By | 2019-07-09T22:19:08+00:00 July 10th, 2019|

In Self-Reg, we want to have it both ways: preserve Liberty as a birthright and ensure that everyone can become free. If the price of Democracy is that certain individuals, businesses, or political actors are allowed to influence the unwary by taking advantage of their limbic impulses, then we need [...]

8 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens of Freedom ~ Part Two: Freedom is in Peril ~ Now more than ever

By | 2019-07-07T21:01:53+00:00 July 8th, 2019|

Even if you feel strongly that Liberty is an inalienable right – and as we saw in Democracy is in Peril ~ Again, not everyone does – the same cannot be said for freedom: at least, not in the philosophical sense adumbrated in Part 1. To be sure, in the [...]

5 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part 1: The Paradox of Democracy

By | 2019-07-05T07:31:32+00:00 July 5th, 2019|

The new biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On the Basis of Sex, instantly provoked a heated controversy. In the trailer for the film, the young RBG (who is suing the government for sex discrimination) stands before a judge who admonishes her: “The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in [...]

12 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 3: Creating a Just Society

By | 2019-06-12T08:00:17+00:00 June 12th, 2019|

Authoritarianism feeds off the feelings of hopelessness that obdurate social problems produce. The despair that Democracy will never be able to overcome its failings; that the majority of the citizenry lack the fortitude to make society great. That if large sectors of the populace cannot exercise self-control, then there must [...]

10 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 2: We Have Met the Enemy

By | 2019-06-10T14:18:54+00:00 June 10th, 2019|

The first step in any Self-Reg undertaking is to understand the conceptual distinctions that we are dealing with. In this case, we might begin with the democratic versus authoritarian view of strong society. According to the former, a strong society is one that embraces consensus politics and the rule of [...]

7 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 1: Democracy is in Peril ~ Again

By | 2019-06-10T13:35:54+00:00 June 7th, 2019|

If ever there was a time to heed Santayana’s warning, this is it. It is tempting to dismiss what is happening in the US today as an aberration. This might be true in some respects; in others, not. The end of the Cold War saw a surge of new Democracies. [...]

7 05, 2019

Self-Reg, Social Justice & Democracy

By | 2019-05-16T11:59:36+00:00 May 7th, 2019|

The Future Lies in the Hands of Self-Reg Parents, Schools, and Communities I first started thinking about social justice and democracy when I was 16 years old. I had just attended a political rally where Pierre Elliot Trudeau talked about a Just Society: one in which “equality of opportunity is [...]

19 03, 2019

Part 3: Considering The Different Kinds of “Why?”

By | 2019-03-14T16:32:12+00:00 March 19th, 2019|

The Self-Reg educator or parent seeks to understand, rather than manage a child’s behaviour. In effect, what is being reframed here is what it means to see the Kindergarten teacher as a professional and not a glorified baby-sitter: someone who has been trained to ask the right kind of “Why” and has [...]

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