The Parking Problem

Full city parking garage.

When we first moved to Seattle, we were entranced by the wealth of cultural and educational institutions: art museums, parks, opera, symphony, musical theater, zoos, aquariums, historical monuments.  We had quite a list of places to explore, and were excited about visiting them. But after a few years of actual residence, we realized that we… Continue reading The Parking Problem

Education as Transformation

Luca di Tommé (fl. 1355-1389), The Conversion of St. Paul [Seattle Art Museum]

Conformation → Information → Transformation Education is a risky undertaking. It has the power to change us, to lead us out of one state into another, most commonly out of ignorance into knowledge. Indeed, if it does not change us, we might question whether the undertaking is really education.  When we are children or students,… Continue reading Education as Transformation

About Education

Over the next few months, we plan to share with you our thoughts and approaches to education – what we think it is, and how we try to provide education to our members. We recognize education has many facets, and to start, we’ll offer different visions of education, beginning with education as adventure.  Other articles… Continue reading About Education

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In Search of Truth

It is with sincere sorrow that I note the passing of John Polkinghorne, on Tuesday last, March 9.  Many years ago, when I was first putting together the  Scholars Online Natural Science course, I ran across a discussion of the possible relationships of science and religion. The author broke them down into four options: irreconcilable… Continue reading In Search of Truth

Finding Time

Many years ago, my mom gave me a key chain with a tab that says “A day that begins and ends in prayer is less likely to become unraveled.” It’s a sentiment which both as a practicing Christian and a liturgy geek, I enthusiastically support…in theory.  I love the idea of a quiet time to… Continue reading Finding Time

Pondering the Past

Harappan site - Wikipedia Commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

Several years ago, we replaced the roof of our house. Among other improvements and repairs, we rebuilt the red-brick chimney stack, since most of the stack had yielded to moss eating into the mortar, and some of the bricks themselves had chipped into pieces, though the house was only about forty-five years old. Segue to… Continue reading Pondering the Past

Models and Heroes

Our movies and literature are full of heroes these days. They often have superpowers that lift them out of the ordinary mold, and their challenges are equally out of the ordinary, with circumstances or cosmic karma pitting them against world-destroying  cosmic evils. It’s all very exciting, but it isn’t very useful when what I really… Continue reading Models and Heroes

Seeing Clearly

When I was about eight, and in third grade, our class was ordered to report to the nurse’s office for vision testing (this was back in the day when schools could afford music programs, art instructors, and school nurses). We dutifully lined up single file in the hall in alphabetical order, and when it was… Continue reading Seeing Clearly

To teach, or not to teach….to the test

In the last few weeks, I’ve spent considerable time updating my course websites for the 2020 summer session and academic year. This has been more complicated than usual, since I’ve decided, after considerable thought and inward turmoil, not to seek Advanced Placement recertification for the biology, chemistry, and physics courses I’ve taught for the last… Continue reading To teach, or not to teach….to the test