Before I opened my school in Evanston, my genesis as an educator had evolved over a number of years. That is, from teaching in more traditional schools to becoming a Montessori teacher for a number of years, seven of which were spent in the inner city neighborhood of Englewood on Chicago’s south side; to eventually deciding that any preconceived approach to learning for young people in their formative years inevitably becomes a barrier standing between not only them and the subject matters and teachers with whom they are engaged, but also between them and their own experience, I developed my own experiential approach.
Hence, The Children’s School in Evanston, which I began when several close friends with young children who were approaching school age wanted a different type of educational environment for their children, started without any rigidly preconceived philosophy directing its course. During the time the school was in existence, because I was able to observe what was occurring in the lives of children at the school with the sort of pristine eyes which those educators at other schools are often not able to share simply because they are looking through the prisms of preconceived approaches, I developed my experiential approach toward education and learning which is reflected in my four books; an approach which will hopefully continue to grow toward increasingly greater fruition through the continued efforts of others.
Now, acting out of my long-time love of existential literature and philosophy, I am now writing stage plays and fiction which tie, either directly or indirectly, the great works of people like Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Einstein to contemporary concerns. So far I have produced two plays which involve the lives of Dostoevsky and Einstein, as well as a novella which concerns an imagined friendship which might have evolved between Einstein and Kafka when the two of them were together in Prague, Austria at the beginning of the twentieth century.
In addition, out of my lifelong concern about consciousness in relation to the limits of our thinking minds, I am now working on a book dealing with how the Internet and our digital devices may be creating the sort of distracted awareness and diluted emotive life in us which will eventually make it increasingly difficult for people to seek a more expansive awareness.
I plan to keep on writing.