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Against the Grain: Mindful Pedagogy

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

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.


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.


Recent Published Writing

10/22/2017

OTV Literary Magazine: My Roommate Was A Totem

Fears, even primal ones, can be faced. Doing so, with a soft appreciation even for one’s own limitations, allows us to look at the world more directly, face to face, and thus perceive it with more clarity and brightness.
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10/10/2017

Archetype In Action: Especially Today, We Need to Study History

"Without studying history, my understanding not only of what once was but what might be, or of how political and social structures have changed and will continue to change, would be constricted. And, thus, my belief in and ability to engage in political action would be constricted." http://archetypeinaction.com/index.php/en/more-tools-to-change-society/44-literature/4826-especially-today-we-need-to-study-history
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10/10/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: Especially Today, We Need to Study History

https://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2017/10/especially-today-we-need-to-study.html
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10/10/2017

Good Men Project: Why Teach? Why Do Anything?

After a day of teaching is over, you don’t have to find other ways to make the world a better place—you do it daily. ...Focusing on helping others is very different from focusing on how much money you can earn or how you can stand out. It changes how you view your own life. Standing out is isolating; helping is connecting. With the former, you feel bad if you aren’t at or near the top. With the latter, you can feel good about what you do even if no one, except for an occasional parent or student, recognizes it. https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-teach-why-do-anything-lbkr/
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9/5/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: Living and Teaching In This Age of Anxiety and Threat

What children will learn from today's political situation is more dependent on the understanding, creativity, and empathy shown by a teacher's response, by all of our responses, than by the situation itself. Your response educates the child in what is possible, in what it means to be a human being.
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8/24/2017

Bad Ass Teachers Blogspot: How Do We Begin The School Year, Or Anything, As Skillfully As Possible

There is nothing like a beginning.
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8/23/2017

Teaching and Living Spiritually Blogspot: Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching

What happens inside a person when they’re compassionate? What does critical thinking mean to you?
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8/15/2017

Archetype in Action: Coming of Age

In this moment in history, it is clear the Emperor has no clothes. His greed, and the greed of those other Republicans around him, his destructiveness, and total lust for power even at the expense of everyone else, even at the expense of the nation, even at the expense of the world’s environment, is there for everyone to see.
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7/31/2017

Elephant Journal: Seven Billion Humans, A Meditation

7 Billion Humans, a Meditation: Skin is a Boundary that makes Touch Possible.
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7/10/2017

OTV Magazine: The Most Important Lesson

One of the most important lessons a good teacher teaches, beyond the subject matter, is how to live a moment or a year of moments.
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6/27/2017

Good Men Project: Thoughts on a Gloomy Day: Hoping to Hear He’s Been Impeached

Life before Trump felt relatively predictable to many people. No more. He has awakened us to the fundamentally unpredictable and unknowable nature of reality.
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6/24/2017

Archetype in Action: 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

Good Men Project: 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

ImaginEd: 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

ImaginEd: Education As Adventure

“As a child, I dreamed of being an adventurer.”
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4/5/2017

Good Men Project: 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

Archetype In Action: 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

Archetype In Action: 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

Archetype In Action: 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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11/9/2016

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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12/15/2015

The Good Men Project

The Relationship of All Humans
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11/28/2015

Musings On A School

Where “Dreams Are Born”
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