Media

Against the Grain

KPFA

1/17/2017

Much of middle school and high school education is mind-numbing, with students being taught to the test, based on a rigid curriculum that elevates breadth over depth and memorization over critical inquiry. How might it be done differently? Educator Ira Rabois spent almost three decades teaching secondary students at an alternative public school. He discusses an approach to pedagogy that emphasizes compassion and Socratic questioning.


Out of Bounds

With Tish Perlman

1/15/2017

Educator and author of “Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching”

Out of Bounds

Interview with Tish Perlman

11/29/2014

An interview of Ira Rabois by Tish Pearlman, on the NPR show Out of Bounds, about teaching critical thinking with meditation, empathy and emotional awareness.

Against the Grain

The Radical Philosophy of Alternative Public Education

6/16/2014

An interview of Ira by Sasha Lilley, on Pacifica Radio’s Against The Grain, about alternative education and the state of education in the U. S. today.

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Recent Writing Published

6/24/2017
The Power That Liberates vs The Power That Corrupts
Two articles in the recent Scientific American Mind (May/June, 2017), when read together, provide an extremely relevant, even fascinating insight into the situation in the world today. One is on the psychological effects of power on the powerful. The other is on self-compassion.
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5/4/2017
Re-Thinking Retirement
What does it mean to retire besides leaving your job? What do you do when you don’t have to do anything?
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4/26/2017
The Place Of Wildness And Wonder In Critical Thinking
What is critical thinking? One element of critical thinking that most everyone agrees on is “higher order thinking,” which includes evaluating the appropriateness of evidence, the truth of propositions, and the soundness of arguments. But is this enough?
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4/6/2017
Education As Adventure
“As a child, I dreamed of being an adventurer.”
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4/5/2017
Why are You Wearing a Tie?
“Is wearing a tie a superficial act, a remnant of classist symbolism—or something else?”
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3/21/2017
To Write Well, Write Truthfully
“How do you write well? On the surface, it seems writing is about language, which to a large extent it is. But from my point of view, it really is about the mind and body that writes. It is about being truthful and real.”
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2/21/2017
An Open Mind: Mindful Awareness and Thinking Clearly
“By shifting attention to what was there in my own mind and body, and being open to it, my mind became the state of openness. The result was both calm and insight.”
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1/20/2017
Those Who Lie to Create Fear vs Those Who Face Even Death to Reveal the Lie.
“As the inauguration nears, or as any feared event draws near, what do you do?”
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11/24/2016
Dreaming of a New Movement
“Fighting the ideas of Mr. Trump”
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11/19/2016
Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb
“How would you define “compassionate critical thinking,” and how did you use it in the classroom?”
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10/21/2016
The Methods of a Teacher: Local educator emphasizes compassion
“Retired teacher Ira Rabois clearly loved being in the classroom, learning from his students as he taught. For 27 years, he taught English and history, as well as psychology, karate and drama at the Lehman Alternative Community School. A long-time student of meditation, he began teaching mindfulness practices to his students as well. ”
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9/27/2016
Q&A with Ira Rabois
“In his new book, Ira demonstrates how to use mindfulness with instructional effectiveness to increase student participation and decrease classroom stress, and it turns the act of teaching into a transformational practice. ”
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9/18/2016
Archetype in Action: putting archetype to work for the good of society.
“Anxiety and Critical Thinking: Helping Students Deal With Anxiety Will Help Them Learn to Think More Critically and Clearly.”
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4/17/2016
The Good Men Project;
“How Is Awareness A Strength? The World Needs More, Not Less, Awareness”
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12/2015
The Good Men Project:
The Relationship of All Humans
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11/2015
Musings On A School Where “Dreams Are Born”
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