I'm working on a book for middle schoolers and need some inspiring examples, please help me out?
I would like to nominate Shane Trotter. Shane is an author and a strength and conditioning coordinator at Mansfield High School who works very closely with his school district and students to encourage a better, more responsible lifestyle that will create mature, self-fulfilled adults. Shane’s book, “Setting the Bar,” discusses many topics surrounding the development of the youth. It includes many lessons and anecdotes from Greek and Roman Philosophy, and provides solutions and advice on how to counter the obstacles that hinder the youth from developing into mature adults. Shane created a newsletter due to the immense positive feedback from his book, https://shanetrotter.substack.com/ , that is written for parents and educators. The success of both the book and newsletter led Shane to write a proposal to the school district, which was accepted, that allowed him to create a pilot program at two local elementary schools. This program increased the amount of recess periods the students have from 1 to 3 and created a health, character, and personal responsibility-based elective. I had the honor of being a student under Shane, where I was invited to a group he created for students to learn how to navigate the issues of modern society and become mature, respectable, and happy adults. This group, The Arete Men’s Group, focused on creating a strong mental fortitude and living by cardinal virtues, those being courage, temperance, fortitude, wisdom, and justice. To build this strong mental fortitude, each time the group met we would immediately start with a cold plunge at 6 AM. As a group we also went on a two-day hike where we pushed our mental and physical limits. It has truly been an honor to work with Shane, and to see his actions and proposals leave a positive impact on the youth in my hometown.
Chris Hall, MS and HS teacher, gardener, woodworker, homesteader, historian, author of Common Arts Education and common arts practitioner
From his book's description: "The liberal arts...represent the core frameworks for cultivating virtue and practicing skills vital to our life in the world. And yet, they alone are insufficient, for we must eat, heal, defend ourselves, trade, build, find our way around, and more. It may seem evident that the common arts should be an integral part of education, and yet we see that every generation is losing skill in the common arts as we increasingly rely upon others to provide them for us. In Common Arts Education, author Chris Hall provides not only an argument for an integrated liberal, fine, and common arts pedagogy, but also some practical advice for crafting a robust, hands-on curriculum.
...The author discusses 13 common arts, including:
And much more!
Great idea for an audience that thrives when given concrete examples. With regards specifically to education, would you be opposed to including those who leverage online video or social media platforms (YouTube/TikTok)? As a former classroom teacher I'd found success using these as examples. If so, I'd recommend:
- Michael Stevens
- Hank & John Green
I know these might not align with the scope of what you're working on, but they're examples from a medium where most of the intended audience is actively participating. Also, interested to hear about how this information would/could be shared digitally in concert with the book's publishing.
Best of luck!
I would like to suggest two names from the deep south: from Brazil. 1) Paulo Henrique de Oliveira, has worked in education for 17 years. He has taught History, Geography, Cinema, Oratory, Entrepreneurship and Public Legislation in private schools, high school courses and as a permanent teacher and coordinator in the São Paulo State Education Network. He was a trainer in Mind Lab's Innovative Mind program. He has authored textbooks for the Mackenzie Teaching System. He is the author of the Gauss Project, Mathematics for Life, is a math and literacy project with socio-emotional education, the first in Brazil to work in this way with children from 1 to 5 years old. He is co-author of the book Today's Martyrs and director of Oliver Empreendimentos Educacionais. https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulolivereduc/ email@example.com 2) Carlos Francisco de Paula Nadalim https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlos-nadalim-a8a875218/ He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Centro Universitário Filadélfia, Professor of Music at Colégio Londrinense and Professor of Guitar at Centro Educacional La Salle. Author of the book author of the book Children's Gymnastics Manual: The Children's Gymnastics Lesson-Tale. He was for many years school principal and recently national secretary for literacy in Brazil. He promotes the phonic method of literacy and advocates for home education.
I can't think of a better person to join you on this journey than Dr. Charles Robbins (https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-robbins-3935418/).
Dr. Robbins is a professor at Stony Brook University, and a brilliant human being with a strong passion in studying gender and masculinity. He has held numerous talks on masculinity in U.S, Europe and Africa. I personally have been part of a few sessions on gender and masculinity led by him, and it has changed my views on masculinity and gender entirely.
I would love for him to be able to join you in this study.
Have you considered Desmond Doss, WW II contentious objector to violence who became a medic as a way to serve and won the medal of honor for saving lives?
Eric Rothschild might be a good idea: https://scarsdale10583.com/section-table/103-school-news/7217-beloved-history-teacher-eric-rothschild-passes-away-at-81
He may already be on your list, but Jaime Escalante would be a great candidate: He was a math teacher in Bolivia, immigrated to the US, worked low level jobs while learning English and earning a US degree, then worked at a math teacher at an inner city school where he won national attention because his students were passing the AP Calculus exam at startling levels for an inner city school.
Wayne used to work at the local children's hospital. I believe he helped kids with chronically painful conditions sleep better. Then he opened his own practice, and we met him shortly thereafter. He started out helping my daughter with severe eczema learn to sleep better, but he gradually ended up working with five out of the six members of my family. He is trained (by the inventor) in neurofeedback, and helped me get my migraines from near-daily extremely painful to a few times a month and manageable. I've often said he's the gentlest man I've ever met. He is also trained in mindful self-compassion and teaches classes on it. He is an outstanding networker, attends trainings with the best in the business regularly, and has a huge part in making people's lives better.
I nominate my friend Adam, who is finishing his PhD in English literature at Harvard. He founded a small platform to teach the humanities to a general audience free of charge.
I would also love to nominate (or just shout out) my dad, who is a school bus driver and an art teacher, studied painting in the 70s, objected to Vietnam and Iraq, but also didn't totally go along with is era and retained a strong Catholic faith. He doesn't worry about whether people object to men painting and gardening or obsess about how men's creativity must be different than women's or whatever other knots people tie themselves into, and is instead just a person whose integrity, generosity and creativity has always spoken for itself. He's just a happy guy :) and he models confidence, humor, kindness and general unbothered-ness for both me and my brother.
I nominate a young Hispanic man Jason who after difficult what deciding his mission in life would be followed in his fathers footsteps as a service oriented, calm, caring flight attendant and now enjoys adventures around the world (like his father) helping people with lovingkindness... I will send him link to this comment, and he offers diversity among the HEALs as not just medical care or education but a very needed profession men aren’t traditionally drawn to.
It seems Jonathan Haidt would be a good fit as a psychologist.
A few years ago I worked for an amazing administrator of an elementary school in Middletown CT- Damian Reardon. Not sure he's still there. And I currently work with a young educator, Rodrigo Sanchez in West St Paul, MN who is in his seventh or eighth year teaching elementary school. He's also a coach. He connects so well with our schools boys and English language learners.
I'd like to nominate Dr. David Purnell, recently retired principal of Salford Hills Elementary School in Harleysville, PA. He spent most (all?) of his long teaching career at Salford Hills Elementary and was an amazing principal to my kids who went there. I was very sad to see him leave before all my kids completed their time at Salford Hills.
I don't know how you can reach out to him directly, but you can try going through the school: https://salfordhills.soudertonsd.org/
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Stan Brock, Remote Area Medical
Don Berwick, former administrator, CMS
Don McCanne, MD — Physicians for a National Health Program
1. Alexander Graham Bell used to teach the deaf, including I believe Hellen Keller
2. James Hart revolutionized English, including the invention of phonics