Is this really the end of adolescence as depicted by Paula S. Fass in her new widely acclaimed book: “The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting From Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child” (Princeton University Press 2016)? And if it is, what are the opportunities and limitations for rites of passage?
Fass writes, “Adolescence was no longer an adequate description of this long postponement of adulthood. It never had been more than an in-between stage, meant to comprise a moratorium of a few years. Americans floundered to find a term to cover the new postponement of maturity. The best they have come up with is Jeffrey Arnett’s ‘emerging adulthood’.” (more…)Posted in ROPE
Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage:
A Whole Systems Approach
Dr. David G. Blumenkrantz
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 8:30 – 3:00
Location: School of Social Work, West Hartford, Connecticut
A fundamental question facing parents, schools and communities: how do we raise our children to be resilient, self-reliant and capable adults with compassion that is manifested in civic engagement, contributing to a world that works for all? (more…)Posted in Events
Over the past few months I’ve been trying to put my thoughts and sentiments about the tragedies into words that more and more feel like gut punches. There are really no words that can accurately describe the feeling. The closest I can come is to recall a scene from two different movies. The first is of Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the movie Network. He begins the famous academy award-winning scene by saying: “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression.” His rant peaks when he tells the TV audience to go to the window and yell, “I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE.” (more…)Posted in ROPE
We explore youth & community development through rites of passage as the rite story in our a post featured on “All Things Healing” – “When We Get Our Story RITE We Get Our Future Right.”Posted in ROPE
This article is in honor and the memory of one of my all time heroes Muhammad Ali 2.
Artist: Yousuf Karsh – 1970
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh.
The recently released report from the U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights reveals discouraging data about which our children have been screaming at us for years. The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The study included 50,035,744 students from 95,507 schools. It is not good news for everyone in a country that calls itself the “United States.” The data reveals that we are not a nation united in our support of education and youth development for all of our children.
Take a look. (more…)Posted in ROPE
January 27, 2016 Rite Way blog & Relevant Disruption
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of work, joy and blessings fulfilling the destiny of my ancestor’s edict “Tikkun Olam” – repair of the world/universe. What began in 1962 as my ascendance from childhood to adolescence as a camper and from 1966 counselor-in-training/waiter, junior counselor in the woodlore program, senior counselor, and finally assistant camp director – on my way to adulthood, I unwittingly learned fundamental values and skills that served as a foundation for later lessons and practice in education, youth and community development. (more…)Posted in ROPE
A unity of opposites is present in the universe as difference and sameness (Heraclitus ca. 535-475 BC)
Since the beginning of time, opposing forces have helped sustain balance in the universe. The tension of opposite forces demonstrated by the myth of Eros and Thanatos: love and hate, life & death, compassion and intolerance - provides for order and dynamism in the universe. Wisdom in many faith traditions and spiritual paths teaches that love is the most powerful force in the universe.
A driving force behind community-oriented rites of passage is to help us as a group remember that love is the most powerful force in the universe. Through these rites of passage, we can guide our children to navigate around the opposing forces of hate, incivility and intolerance so prevalent today and help them choose to direct love out into the universe through compassion and caring. (more…)
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