Academic journal article et Cetera

Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times

Academic journal article et Cetera

Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times

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Martin H. Levinson. Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times. New York: iUniverse, 2006.

Dr. Levinson has adapted a selection of essays he published during 35 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the New York City Public School System for his latest book, Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times. Each chapter effectively communicates an idea on its own, and stands apart from the others, so the book works as a reference for use in specific "turbulent" situations. From a non-elementalistic perspective, however, Sensible Thinking embodies a general semantics approach to life, showing that this is not just an academic discipline or a philosophical theory, but way to apply "sensible thinking" to everyday situations.

Levinson groups the essays into four areas of life where "turbulence" frequently occurs: at home, in school, at work, and in the world. By moving from the personal to the global, he shows the unique, yet interrelated characteristics of human experience and how general semantics can provide an effective system of evaluation at many different levels.

He begins with practical ideas for personal development, including decisionmaking, creativity, and communication. He follows with ideas on how to motivate students, reduce bullying, and prevent violence in schools. …

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