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A Philosophy of Education

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“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” – Albert Einstein

As noted by Physicist Albert Einstein in the quote above, we inherently exist for others. Since our existence for others is a given fact that should be concluded by reasonable folks, the only variable becomes the nature of our relationship to those others for whom we are existing. Do we exist to control, manipulate, dominate, or rule over others? Or do we exist to share, serve, and sacrifice for others?

It seems to me the aftertaste of one's education depends upon whether they were shepherded or merely herded; nurtured or merely driven to market.

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The Trainer's Dilemma


Why Education?

Education is the right and privilege of every creature to learn and develop within their culture, the knowledge and skills needed to carry on when former generations have passed.

What it means for educators
It is the responsibility of each generation to determine what values will be passed on to succeeding generations, and to build the platforms necessary for the learning of those values.

What it means for learners
It is the responsibility of every citizen to submit to the tutelage of the educators placed before them in order to understand, assimilate and articulate to others, those values deemed worthy to be passed on. 

Four Pillars of Education

  1. Begin with the end in view - When we know where we want to go, we can lead our students to the goal. When we are uncertain, we can lead by example, to explore the possibilities. Standing upon the shoulders of history, and equipped with a critical mind for discerning the possibilities and pitfalls before us, we can forge a path into a dense future while visionizing our students to press on.
  2. Consider the means to reach the end - Because we know the price others have paid; the risks they have taken, we can lead our students successfully as they explore their own personal maze of existence and discover what they must be and do and the tough choices they must face to avoid living a senseless contradiction. The tools we use are yesterday's experiences, today's innovations, and tomorrow's challenges.
  3. Know how far we must go - We know how far we must go and how it will take a lifetime before we arrive at our destiny. Because we understand the endurance needed to complete the journey, we reinforce in our students those values required for a strong finish, regardless of how many times they may stumble along the way.
  4. Know why - Because we know why, we are committed to the process and overcome the obstacles. Leading by example, we become patterns in which our students are shaped to face their own unknown future with its certain destiny. The "why" is our passion for what we do; the driving force behind our commitment to excellence. 
Exploring Education

Based on the four pillars above, my pedagogical approach is to lead by example with an explorer's attitude to help students navigate an uncertain future by learning from the past (History) and training their mind (critical thinking) in order to make the best possible choices on the path ahead.

Just as every explorer in human history used the technologies at their disposal, so too we will use whatever technologies are in our hands, be they text books, computers, devices, or wearables, and incorporate them into our learning about those who went before, those who accompany us now, and those we must aid in the future.

We are human 'beings' not human 'doings' so we place great emphasis on the type of person we are, our character, and our ethics. However, because we are judged on our doings, we recognize the importance of our skills and strive to hone them to the highest degree of which we are capable.

This belief system recognizes our individual capacities to learn, our corporate responsibilities to collaborate and cooperate in a global society, and our inherent freedom to make personal, consequential choices. As Dr. Seuss once quipped, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  Yes, today you are you. But tomorrow you will be You PLUS your experiences of today. Therefore, every day holds an exciting discovery for each of us and all of us.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Dallas is one of the most enthusiastic educational technologists I have worked with. The combination of his experience in education and technology makes him a passionate advocate for staff and their development. He is a professional in his field and truly a delight to work with.

Dallas is a thought leader, visionary and expert communicator. He is adept at using technology to simplify complex subjects and in teaching his tools and methods to all.

As a senior associate who is passionate about Learning and about our clients' success, Dallas has a knack for guiding and inspiring fellow associates on the team. He is quick to develop relationships with new associates which lends to a positive team culture.

Melea B.
Learning Consulting Practice Manager

The effort Dallas put forth to ensure the design of this course was delivered as intended, with modifying the content to fit with in-region deliveries, ensured the content was relevant to those particular participants.

Bjorn L.
Middle East Practice Manager, Learning Services

The primary success for Dallas has been his performance with the team he led in Qatar. Despite the challenging project, Dallas managed to keep the team positive. Feedback from each of the team members indicate they think very highly of him, and that his efforts are a big part of their satisfaction.

Jennifer F.
Team Manager, Learning Services

They appreciated his positive and unique personal approach and that he connects easily with people professionally and personally. Others appreciated the light-spirited energy Dallas provides: He has a sense of humor that is
contagious to those around him. One of Dallas' greatest strengths is in his ability to connect with others in a way that is meaningful to them.

Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit in on Dallas' Computer class. I must say I enjoyed watching Dallas in action with his students. He has done an excellent job of helping raise the bar in the area of technology for us as a school this year and has been a tremendous addition to our faculty.

Very thorough in anything he leads or builds curriculum-wise. Quickly develops relationships with his peers, and mentors new associates.
Not afraid to take on new tasks or curriculums that he is unfamiliar with. Has a wealth of experience and has offered, on multiple occasions, processes or ideas to make our project better.

I want to let you know how valuable Dallas has been to the RMH project. The original concept was to offer up a higher level of Learning Consulting to assist with Physician Adoption and meeting our value measures. Dallas offers a wealth of experience, information, and guidance, for both the client and the project team.

I. Ruiz
Principal

Dallas is a take-charge person who is able to present creative ideas and communicate the benefits. He is creative, organized and a team player who communicates very effectively with whomever he comes in contact with.

Dr. M. Lane-Kelso
Professor

It is extremely refreshing to associate with such a quality educator who stays current with the instructional technologies and knowledge to apply those technologies into sound curriculum.

N. O'Grady
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dallas demonstrated exceptional research and writing skills. He brought great insight and provided invaluable feedback to his peers. He provided indepth explanations to his comments that helped provide deeper understanding to his peers.

J. Sprigg
NAU Adjunct

Dallas is a natural speaking in front of people. His previous work experiences also give him a solid foundation from which to draw upon when faced with the challenges. He has the drive and energy to apply himself to the high demands of his work.

I personally got to work with Dallas last year on the Dragon class and training materials. He provided interesting and helpful insights during class and then engaged in fine-tuning the materials and making recommendations based on his experience with Dragon in the field as well as his experience training and mentoring associates.

He provided indepth explanations to his comments that helped provide deeper understanding of the course material. He really demonstrated a clear understanding of issues effecting the reliability and validity of data in research and helped explain them in the context of reviewing published research to his peers.

My initial expectations of Dallas' course were far exceeded on day one and continued each day thereafter. With a fair amount of teaching and training experience under my belt, I didn’t think there was much else to learn regarding the facilitation aspect of training, but quickly learned that I was mistaken. Dallas was able to take me out of my comfort zone and force me to rethink our approach to how we would be training our end-users.

5000 year timeline of how we learn

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