The Rite Way Blog

It’s Harder Than Rocket Science and Brain Surgery1

Posted on September 8, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

rocket31A one ton roving robotic laboratory landed on Mars August 6, 2012. It’s name: Curiosity. We continue to make amazing advances through technology. Curiously, can we say the same thing about advances in helping to educate and raise our children? (more…)

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Welcome Back to School the Rite Way –
Facing Transitions

Posted on August 31, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

school1Youth & community development through rites of passage recognizes that children come of age within several interconnected environments that require them to acquire different attitudes, skills and competencies for them to thrive in each setting. Schools are one of these environments. Schools offer opportunities for the initiatory process to unfold within a community-oriented rite of passage. 

“We teach students not subjects.”  (more…)

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“Generational” bridges and crossings:
How to pass to adulthood in a community?
The rites of passage©1

Posted on August 17, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

The Conversations Continue
Florence, Italy
September 8, 2015

David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D., with Laura Remaschi, Ph.D., 
Ilana Bahbout, & Diego Galli


Children entering puberty is nature’s way of saying that something needs to happen. It needs to happen in ways that help children understand the normal physical changes that go along with entering adolescence. Children also need guidance and support to understand the psychological and emotional challenges, opportunities and social responsibilities. Parents too are confronted with the changes in their children during adolescence that impacts the entire family. (more…)

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It takes a whole village… The other part of the story:

Posted on July 17, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz


Have you ever heard the Proverb: “It takes a whole village to raise a child”? Probably, since it is a well worn saying that has been used within the title of a books, articles, bumper stickers and even cartoons, which is a testament to its overuse and misunderstanding. What do you think they were doing as a “village” to raise their children? Here’s a possibility and the other part to the story.  (more…)

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What You Can’t See Can Hurt You© ♥

Posted on May 6, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

 Ignaz-e1430927796383Ignaz Semmelweis was a legend in 19th Century medicine. His discovery saved millions of lives; however, he was vilified for his work at the time.

Why? And, what lessons can we glean for youth development from his work?

Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician born in 1818 who realized that what you can’t see can hurt you.


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Education: Our Greatest Wasted Resource© ♥ Part I

Posted on February 13, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

By David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. M.Ed.


 In the last edition of the Paradigm Shift Blog I commented that America’s rate of incarcerations is compelling evidence of the real outcome of our youth development and education programs and systems. How did America become the most incarcerating nation on earth? And, what can be done to raise children who don’t wind up incarcerated?

Part of the solution can be found in the book: Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered (1972) by British economist E.F. Schumacher. It is one of the seminal books on nature-centered economics that brought the virtue of appropriately size technology to a wider audience. It trumpeted that bigger was not necessarily better and our present economic model is unsustainable. (more…)

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Education: Our Greatest Wasted Resource© ♥ Part II

Posted on February 13, 2015 by David Blumenkrantz

By David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. M.Ed.


We Need a Revolution in Education.
I Know a Place

Over the past forty years we have focused on building individual, group and community capacity to shift their consciousness and become initiated into new ways of being human together. We have called this process youth and community development through rites of passage. The practice uses twenty interrelated elements as design principles to help guide the emergence of community-oriented, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate rites of passage for raising healthy children and strengthening communities. (more…)

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