4 results for author: Harrell Guy Graham


Speaking Truth to Power From a Place of Love and Compassion

With the world on a precipice, love and compassion are needed when speaking truth to power. Love is a necessary condition for positive change but it isn’t, by itself, sufficient.  Love plus truth-to-power is both necessary and sufficient. “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love," said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At the link below is a speech that is one of the most powerful examples of speaking truth to power using both love and compassion. B...

Your Back Pocket Reminder to the U.S. First Amendment

In the United States we often take for granted things like freedom of speech and our right to protest peacefully. These basic rights were written into the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by our Founding Fathers, and enable us to express disagreement with unjust rules imposed by our government's elected officials. Recently some chilling news and events reminded me that our basic human rights protected under the First Amendment could easily be whisked away and altered by new interpretations and legislation if we're not careful.  For example, a new bill is being proposed by a Republican state senator that would make protesting a felony. The ...

Leonardo DiCaprio & Pope Francis: Before the Flood

In the works for three years, National Geographic just premiered their special about global warming featuring Leonardo DiCaprio called: Before the Flood. The documentary premiered Sunday night, Oct 30, 2016 and was beamed to 171 countries in 45 languages for free.  Millions more are continuing to see it online. Everyone should see this, even if you think you know everything about it. DiCaprio gathered insights from around the globe interviewing key leaders, scientists, researchers, believers and deniers - making the global warming story tangible and real.  If we are ever able to turn this thing around, Before the Flood will go down in ...

Wrong answer, try again: changing the way tests are given

Changing the way tests are given will lead to less stress, more learning and better schools.  “Most children speak and understand their mother tongue before the age of four without lessons, homework or much in the way of feedback. How do they accomplish this remarkable feat”? (from the movie, Still Alice) Scientists are still trying to answer the question about language acquisition. But we do know that children do not learn language by being given tests before the age of four, or by being given a ‘grade’ or a ‘score’ on their babbling attempts at learning to speak. Learning is done best when there is no coercion. But the routine tests ...