Building the Machine: Common Core Documentary

•April 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Courtesy of HSLDA

Your first day on earth

•March 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

By Kid President.

Video source can be found here.

Bouncing off the walls

•March 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Image source can be found here.

Joy of Learning through Play & Other Viable Answers

•March 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Excellent short video by Hamza Yusuf of Zaytuna College.

Indoctrination of the Young

•February 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“Noam Chomsky speaking in the late 1980’s about how education systems are designed for indoctrination. Many teachers have been trying to teach differently over the last few decades, encouraging greater creativity and depth of inquiry, while at the same time increasingly hampered by test-heavy requirements. This kind of helps to explain perhaps why we have the current corporate reform movement. They’re clearly trying to turn the clock back…”

Quote source found here.

Sacred Education

•January 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“Until we deal with the fact that without teaching people meaning, without teaching people purpose you create monsters. This is what happens when you divorce education from the sacred.

“Our Prophet said, ‘One of the signs of the end of times is that people would study for other than the sake of God.’ Every civilization understood that learning was to make a better human being. Learning was not not make more money, it was to make a better human being.”

Hamza Yusuf of Zaytuna College

Makoko Floating School

•January 19, 2014 • 4 Comments

“This is a school in the Makoko community, a slum built on stilts in the Lagos Lagoon off the coast of Nigeria. The three-story Makoko Floating School, designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, has classrooms and a playground, and when classes are out, the first floor serves as a town square where the fishermen mend their nets and floating shopkeepers dock their boats… [by] Photographer Iwan Baan…”

Image and caption source can be found here.

On Trust

•January 16, 2014 • 2 Comments

Sometimes the trusting is the hardest part, but I've found it's also the most important.

Image source can be found here.

A Good Education leads to Good Character

•January 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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In understanding the concept of discipline with dignity as applied to Islamic pedagogy we must always look ahead while resting on the Prophetic tradition. It is because of the Prophet’s acknowledgement and recognition of the innate needs of people that allowed him to be a man of noble character and a role model for people of all faiths. As Habib Umar bin Hafiz, a notable Muslim scholar, has mentioned, the prophetic model that must be followed is one that provides,

“…excellence in translating the beauty, majesty, and completeness of Islam through … verbal conveyance and public interaction—all expressed in accordance with the sacred law, with both those near and far—and by spreading the carpets of the good and noble character that has been received from the magnificent Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Therefore, … work hard to both manifest and self-actualize this level of noble prophetic character … familial…

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How to be an explorer of the world

•January 11, 2014 • 4 Comments

Image courtesy of Brain Pickings. Book can be purchased here.


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