Category Archives: Change

The body in the classroom

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body and slaveryI was recently confronted with a thought that had actually never crossed my mind, or at least not in this exact way. The question regards the place of the body in the context of the classroom.

Where is the body when students and teachers / professors enter the classroom?

As I write many ideas cross my mind… For instance the realisation that this disconnection between the body and the mind is strongly related to many other facets of learning and the biggest the separation between the body and the other dimensions of being, leaving it outside the learning spaces we have created for our young people, the biggest the shortcomings in education. Read the rest of this entry

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On the art of belonging

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belongingA powerful and courageous book telling old and yet actual stories about the art of belonging and caring for each other and the Mother Earth.

In her usual wholehearted tone bell hooks guides the reader through a series of real life experiences and meaningful reflections about race, identity, oppression, nature, old wisdom-values and oppositional culture.

Returning (or finding) home is a process that can last long years, even a lifetime. Hooks describes her own pathway back home, offering a profound vision of where is home and what it means to belong to a place and to a community.
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The political dimension of the classroom

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Wayne County Community CollegeI spotted her at the back of the coffee place, and immediately felt that kind of empathy and sympathy that creates the ground for honest communication, and more importantly for a honest sharing of ideas and personal stories. This way our conversation started and soon it moved towards deeper subjects, namely racism, mechanisms of exclusion, school and teaching.

A conversation with potentiality to changing the world!! As all conversations guided by passion, honesty and true values, and which are followed by action. Action naturally arises when we follow our passion, when we engage in what is a true expression of our inner self.
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On the importance of self-development

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pegadaWith Education to Freedom, my social enterprise, I am developing a workshop on professional development through personal development.

Often people have asked me whether it is about professional or personal development. And my answer is always the same, that they are inter-related. It is not possible to consider professional growth and fulfilment dissociated from increased self-awareness and self-knowledge. Likewise for all other spheres of life.
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Are pessimists happier?

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optimismI would like today to write about optimism and happiness. All my life, or great part of it, I have been an optimist, a person who always see the best in the worse situations, full of hope for the future and always believing the best can happen. In every situation, even the most seemingly tough or bad, I can spot something that is meaningful to me, something to learn. And I don’t mean this is easy, that suffering and pain are not part of it, but they are not the most important aspects, they are just a stepping-stone for the next level.
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