Aspiring To Be The Master Student: Instead of Move like Jagger, let’s “Be like Basho” and Be Your Own Hero!

This week: Be Like Basho

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought” Basho


The Master Student- Life Lessons from the Mind of the Dragon:
At the end of last year, I picked up a magazine as part of an impulse buy at a local grocery store featuring Bruce Lee- cover to cover.

As many of you know, I have been practicing traditional martial arts for over 40 years and still feel like a beginner.

Anyway, some of the articles were really good and the concept that stuck with me most, and that resonated most deeply was the idea of the Master Student.

This is in lieu of striving to become a “Master”, which invariably comes with all its ego-driven elements- regardless of your field of interest from martial arts to music or from science to spirituality.

Last week, with the untimely passing of Neil Peart the virtuoso from the rock band RUSH who was nicknamed “The Professor” for his genius as a percussionist and wordsmith, both artistic worlds that I enjoy deeply, in the last few days, a lot of articles about him are revealing other aspects of his life experience.

Clearly, there are no accidents and it was very validating and serendipitous to see this quote on his home page:

“What is a master but a master student? And if that’s true, then there’s a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.”

This approach explained a lot about Peart’s path to greatness, founded on the same lifelong learning orientation that Bruce Lee’s life and success was built on.

His band mates used to tease Peart about his insistence on doing a month of solo preparation before group practices begun, telling him he’s the only man on Earth who “rehearses to rehearse”.

Neil Peart liked to ask himself a couple of key questions.
One is “What is the most excellent thing I can do today?”
The other query, posed in the face of any moral dilemma, is “What would my 16-year-old self do?”
Ultimately, Peart wanted the freaky, purist kid he once was to be proud of him. “It’s about being your own hero,” he says. “I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”

Instead of Moving like Jagger (no disrespect intended Maroon 5) , maybe for this new decade we can “Be like Basho”


Finding Secular Spirituality Through Literature:

This week, Here and Now host Robin Young has been exploring secular spirituality, defined as being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material things. Unless, of course, those things are books. People often turn to them to answer life’s big questions: How can I be a better person? How can I find joy? How can I process grief? Here is a great interview and some amazing book selections to kick off the new decade.

If you are local:

Preparations have begun for Remake Learning San Diego with exciting family events across the county highlighting innovations in education.
The goal is to highlight the great work already happening here in San Diego.

We Need Your Help!
We encourage you to check out and then post your event information on the Remake Learning San Diego website by Sunday, February 2. Events posted by early February will be included in the Remake Learning national marketing strategy. Please help build the excitement of ReMake Learning by including your events in this inaugural initiative. Our goal is to have 35 – 50 San Diego events populated into our database by the time our website goes live. Please let us know if you would like assistance posting your event; we would be happy to help. Remember, advertising on our website is not only wonderful for our families, it is also great publicity for your organization.

Micro-awards, to help defer the costs of events, are still available for up to $500. Applications are available on the Remake Learning website.

We are sending a follow-up newsletter later on this week, so stay tuned! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Warmest regards,

The San Diego ReMake Learning Initiative Team

Erin English, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Innovation
San Diego County Office of Education

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, University of San Diego

Alina Mitchell, M.A.
Learning Experience Specialist
Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, University of San Diego

Katie Martin, Ph.D.
Educator, Author of Learner-Centered Innovation
Vice President of Professional Learning, Altitude Learning

Remake Learning Days in San Diego County is an initiative facilitated by the Innovation Division of the San Diego Office of Education, the Jacob’s Institute for Innovation in Education of the University of San Diego and Altitude Learning.


Thanks to all the aspiring master students out there!

Please pay it forward…
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“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought” Basho

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