What I’m doing now…(updated March, 2017)
Home: I moved from Boulder, CO to Santa Monica, CA in February after traveling for 6 months in Hawaii to get a birds-eye view of my life and very intentionally enter the next chapters of life!
People: I spend quality time with friends and family, that’s the most important thing. Currently I am speaking with them on phone and skype. I’m also getting out and about a lot in California in order to lay down new roots and become a part of the community here.
Coaching: I am coaching a few people locally and a few remotely right now. I will start up my full practice again for teh Fall 2017 semester.In my practice I coach students and families; I help them find educational solutions that they can’t find elsewhere. It’s what I love. My aim: help outside-the-box students self-actualize and craft remarkable lives.
Parent/student Course: This is where most of my creative energy has been going for the past several months. I am making an in-depth online course that will teach parents how I help kids turn it around in school and build skills for life. It has some unique twists since this is a complicated topic. Email me if you have thoughts or ideas around how to make the most helpful product in the world, bc that’s my goal.
Podcast: I’m putting together a podcast for 2017 that’s designed to take the conversation about education to a new level. It is designed to shake things up and disrupt education for good. I’m so sick of seeing kids struggle in a dysfunctional system that I can’t stand it anymore, so this podcast will be raw, uncensored and honest. I have 3 unusual approaches to the format that should help shake things up. More to come later, but if you are interested in participating in some way, send me an email.
“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on — because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” -Noam Chomsky
Fitness: Fitness is important to me. Lately I’m doing yoga, hiking, and gym workouts.
Dog: My dog Kiva passed away last May, she was 18. it still hurts.
Guitar: Playing acoustic and electric for fun, learning songs like this. I’ve collected many dozens over the years and sold all but my 2 favorites in order to help start SethPerler.com. You can sometimes find me playing the blues in local clubs.
Meditation: I try to sit for 20 minutes every day because it works.
Minimalism: I like to keep my life simple and have experiences rather than stuff. I like the books Essentialism and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. By last July I completed a major decluttering project I had been working at for a while (including old photos, journals, clothes, belongings, emails, etc.) I reached my goal of only having what I need. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted – my entire life now fits into about 8 boxes (aside from furniture and 2 guitars).
Education Disrupt Movement: Families generally hire me when they are in crisis – they are concerned about their child. Unfortunately, I see these struggles fueled by a system that is, in fact, failing many of our kids. The irony is that these kids look like the failures when, in fact, it is the system that fails to recognize their strengths and needs.
Make no mistake, the problems we’re facing with schools are rampant and often go under the radar. You wouldn’t believe some of the policies and attitudes of some of the schools I run into. Sometimes they can’t see the forest for the trees and it ends up hurting kids.
Education Disrupt is a movement I am starting locally. You’ll see more from me as I develop it. There are many people that call themselves “reformers” but who are really part of the problem. They are driven by profits and big business. They mislead the public and tell you what you want to hear.
However, there are people who authentically fight for kids. I’m a big fan of people like John Taylor Gatto, Diane Ravitch and Alfie Kohn. They address issues regarding systemic dysfunction, testing, grades, etc..
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