What I’m doing now…
Home: I live in Hawaii and have also lived in OH (born an raised) > IN > NM > AZ > Boulder, CO > Santa Monica, CA.
Coaching: I still coach a small group of students. Coaching is one of my favorite things, because I get to see massive transformation in someone’s life.
Fitness: Fitness: Fitness and staying active is essential for me. I gravitate towards doing things outdoors: I snorkel a lot, paddle, swim, hike, mountain bike, SUP, running, yoga, rock climb, ski.
Guitar: Um, I like guitars, a lot. Acoustic or electric, I play daily. I’ve collected a lot of guitars over the years, and sold all but 2 in order to help start SethPerler.com. You can sometimes find me playing the blues in local clubs or coffee shops.
Meditation: I sit in stillness daily because it works. It’s been one of the most helpful things in my life.
Minimalism: I like to keep my life simple and have interesting experiences rather than lots of stuff. Becoming a “minimalist” is one of the best things I’ve ever done. My life and mind are less cluttered and life feels easier, and richer because of it.
Education Disrupt Movement: Families 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 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 countless good people who fight for kids. I’m a fan of people like John Taylor Gatto, Diane Ravitch and Alfie Kohn. They address issues regarding systemic dysfunction, testing, grades, etc..
Podcast: I’m putting together a podcast 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
People: I spend quality time with friends and family, that’s the most important thing in my life. I have one younger brother.
Coaching: Coaching is one of my favorite things. 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.
Dog: My dog Kiva passed away May 2016, she was 18. I’m a dog person, but I’ve always been a science and nature geek and have had reef aquariums, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc. Obviously, doing my part to not impact the environment is extremely important to me because I want all life on earth to be as healthy as possible.
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