Robin Booth

Schools of our Future: What skills are needed?

Where does traditional schooling fail the requirements of modern developed society. A modern society is differentiated by it’s dependence on being inter-dependent on each and every other thing. Therefore the core needs of this society shift from external measurement of products and success to internal human values of discerning thinking, community, empowerment and team work. …

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Creating successful families III (after the vision)

Creating successful families does seem to be a strange concept to many. The predominant belief that we do not choose our families (our parents and siblings) leads us into the experience that either we are lucky to have good family relationships or unlucky. If you no longer like a certain friend of yours, you can…

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Creating successful families II

(See part 1 here) I managed to get my two siblings seated around a table. With all three of us living in different parts of the country, it was not often that we all got together. And every time we got together, we were reminded of how great it was to be together again. It…

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Creating successful families

This all came about one day when I was sitting having lunch with my brother and sister. My sister had come down from Johannesburg and my brother from Knysna. It was great to see them again and I was aware that when they left to go back to their respective homes and families I was…

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Should we open schools for parents?

It has been well documented through the ages and throughout the world that people are impacted by role models. We learn the same language as our primary caregivers, be it Spanish, English or Japanese. We speak with the same accents, integrate many of the same values, copy many of the same behavioural patterns and reactive…

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Who’s an ‘under’ or ‘over’ achiever?

I think it’s really important to begin by saying that we create categories and labels as part of the way our brain functions. This allows us to process information. Judging, evaluating and categorising are some of the ways we process information around us. So what’s really important is not the concept of “not labelling” but…

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Personality development: The schooling of our future?

This comment was shared with me last night: “With the ever-increasing amount of graduates coming out of university and the shortage of jobs to be filled, we are faced with many people with the same qualifications competing for very few positions.” So what will differentiate the candidates from each other in such a way that…

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The cost of not learning new parenting skills

“There is much more flow at home. Children seem happier, it takes half the time to have supper, get them bathed and ready for bed. Surprisingly my wife and I now have a more relaxed evening after the children have gone to bed, whereas before we both were exhausted and irritable by the daily evening…

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Male caregivers need support too

I thought I had made a good point. I was talking to the scriptwriter of a television series interviewing me on the topic of raising emotionally intelligent children. My point was that the by-line of each episode was (more or less) “remember, you are great mommies”. I think it’s great to support parents by taking…

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