Benefits of Juggling

juggling-girlIt makes you smarter

Yes, it’s true – juggling has been proven to increase the amount of gray matter in the brain (Nature magazine, volume 427, Jan. 2004). One study even found that it did this in just 7 days! Research also suggests it may prevent Alzheimer’s disease, making it a great choice for brain fitness. When you juggle, you’re not only burning calories, toning your body and strengthening your core, you’re exercising your mind as well. This is why there’s no need to worry about how long it takes you to learn how to juggle – you’re still burning calories and boosting your brainpower. In fact, the longer it takes you to learn, the more you are exercising your mind!

Juggling sharpens focus & concentration

Juggling engages your problem-solving skills. You can’t just throw all the balls up in the air and hope everything comes together! This is why juggling is excellent for helping you master the art of concentration. The intense focus required for juggling can filter into other areas of your life that require the same type of close attention. Continue reading Benefits of Juggling

Sergej Hessen

I have recently discovered this author and I found his vision on history quite inspiring. I think that considering history (in all its forms) as a never-ending process of social and personal re-elaboration of cultural “values” keeps both pedagogy and school into a critical and positive dialogue, functional to a fruitful educational planning.

Sergej Hessen, Ust’-Sysolsk (Siberia) 1887 – 1950

Sergej HessenFamily of jurists, studied at the Rickert (neo-Kantian school) where he acquired an original philosophy of values, he participated to the October Revolution, looking forward to a democratic solution for the fight of workers and peasants. His ideal is the socialist legal. Because of the “democratic centralism” of Lenin, he abandoned the Marxism and left Russia for Berlin (1923), Prague (1924) and Warsaw (1934): these choices represent the need of distance from the leading ideology of his country and keep alive a cultural dialogue in order to fine a third way (democracy) between liberalism and Marxism.

His most important works:

  • “Philosophical foundations of pedagogy”, Berlin, 1923;
  • “Ideology and autonomy of education and pedagogy”, 1938;
  • “Structure and content of the modern school”, 1939;
  • “Platonic and evangelic virtue”, 1939.

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Alexander Southerland Neill

His life

Alexander Sutherland NeillAlexander Sutherland Neill was the founder of the famous ‘free school’ Summerhill, a school for pupils between 5 and 16, adopting the rule of “self regulation”. He was born in Forfar, Scotland, in 1883. The parents were elementary schools teachers. His early family life, quite frustrating, is the origin of his whole work (from his autobiography):

  • his childhood is marked by suggestions, prohibitions, fears and coercions;
  • the family life is conformist and inflexible;
  • the father was violent and uncommunicative; Alexander felt unloved by his father;
  • the relation with the brothers (model students) and the mother was difficult.

The brothers frequented the lyceum, he did not. He suffered of learning difficulties. After few working experiences the family decided his destiny: being a teacher of elementary school. Afterwards he studied at the faculty of agriculture and ended with a degree in English literature.

After the second world war and several tries, he met the Little Commonwealth of Homer Lane, where he discovered the “pedagogy of freedom”. Continue reading Alexander Southerland Neill

What is a social enterprise

What does it mean “social enterprise”?
The “enterprise” goes “social”

The main purpose of a “social enterprise” is to be socially useful, without sacrificing the typical characteristics of a business.

The success of a social enterprise depends on two important factors: its ability to be visible and the ability of its customers to recognize the social benefits in the long run.
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