A school curriculum that focuses on happiness… not math…

February 18, 2018

A modern new school in rural India, expected to be completed by 2020, turns the traditional education model on its head-focusing instead on cultivating happy students and compassionate people. The primary goal is to teach chidden how to be happy. Learning skills comes next. Preparing for standardized tests is not part of the curriculum.

The founders come from an entrepreneurial background, not the world of education, and saw an opportunity to approach the idea of a school in a radically different way.The inspiration for the school came from a long running Harvard Study that has tracked people over the last 80 years, which found that strong relationships are key to a happy life.

“The students will also be taught how to live a happier life using philosophy from resources like the Vedas, ancient Hindu texts. “I think from a Western context, you tend to believe that the environment controls your happiness,” says cofounder Kiran Reddy. “So you attempt to control your environment. In an Eastern philosophy, you tend to believe that you control happiness through your mind-in how you perceive things, so you can disconnect the environment from your happiness. Ideally, that’s what we want to teach the kids.”

Diane returns to Hong Kong—Reading aloud is a skill, Conversational Reading is an art.

February 11, 2018

I am thrilled to be once again be working with Bring Me A Book, Hong Kong, which just installed their 400th BMAB Library. My workshops will focus on Conversational Reading, a technique which helps readers of all ages reflect on what they read and better understand what they read, showing them how to engage and […]


Nourish your imagination

January 28, 2018

The world has been diminished with the death of Ursula Le Guin and yet we have her words which will never be lost as long as her books continue to be read.  Those familiar with her work are blessed to have been enriched by her books and with that blessing comes the responsibility of making sure […]


“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

January 8, 2018

A memorable line from Wallace Stegner’s Recapitulation, “Someone handing you a book is akin to taking a can opener to your mind— letting in the air of books and ideas. As Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”


The gift of being a reader

January 1, 2018

Reading demands Staying awake Slowing down and Noticing These attributes, once acquired, seep into every aspect of life— They are not just reserved for reading.


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