The progressive education movement, based on the belief that students learn best when engaged in hands-on activities, has been present since the early 20th century. It has named an "alternative" mode of education, suitable for those whose views differ from the mainstream.
Self-improvement is an ongoing process, even for people who are accomplished and have lived rich lives. Life isn’t easy and the negative pressures can be difficult to manage at times. But by taking a positive approach to the world and opening yourself up to all the possibilities, you can improve yourself while also helping contribute to a better world.
In today’s me-first business climate where the self-made millionaire is worshipped as a guru, it’s easy to think of teamwork as a needless roadblock to one’s own success. In many fields, people have been conditioned to keep information secret, refuse to help others, and even sabotage colleagues and coworkers to get ahead.
With national unemployment above 9%1 and countless companies shutting doors for good, millions of newly jobless Americans face a difficult dilemma—to look for work similar to what they had before, or to pursue new types of employment?
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture1 released in 2010, the number of farmers’ markets in the U.S. nearly doubled between 1998 and 2009 (from 2,756 to 5,274), direct-to-consumer agricultural sales rose by a full percentage point between 1997 and 2007, and the number of community-supported agricultural organizations in the U.S. rose from 400 in 2001 to 1,144 in 2005.
Many of us learn best through experiences. Positive experiences, negative experiences, profound and fleeting experiences, all help to shape each and every one of us from the day we draw our first breath to the day we release our last—true cradle-to-grave education.