Jack Petrash: Two Outstanding Events, Oct. 18 & 19

A public talk: Dynamic Schooling to Meet the Future

and Saturday workshop: The Art of Raising Strong, Resilient Children

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Dynamic Schooling to Meet the Future

A public talk by Jack Petrash
Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
$10 suggested donation

It is impossible for us to know what the world will be like when today’s young children are ready to accept responsibility for our society and our planet. The only thing that we know for certain is that our children will inherit a world filled with complex problems and challenges. To meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world they will need to be strong, resilient, imaginative, determined, disciplined, kind, and clear thinking. Jack Petrash will explore how we can develop these essential qualities and instill in each child a reservoir of strength, the capacity for creative thinking, and a healthy sense of self.

Raising Strong, Resilient Children:

Hold Them Close and Then Let Them Go

Saturday Workshop with Jack Petrash
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

$30 per family (adults in the family only, please)

publicrelations@merriconeag.org to register
Parenting is not an easy assignment in our complex, modern world. We are often good at holding our children close OR at letting them go. The challenge is to hold both of those polarities simultaneously and doing so is an art that we will explore in our time together.


Jack Petrash has been a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School for over thirty years. He is also the founder and director of the Nova Institute, an organization that works to build a bridge between mainstream education and Waldorf Education. He is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out, Covering Home: Lessons on Fathering from the Game of Baseball and Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guide to Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline. His pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on NPR. His recent TEDx talk, Educating Children for the Journey, has been widely viewed in North America and Europe. In addition, Jack Petrash has worked extensively with parent education, particularly with fathers.

     Jack and his wife, Carol, have raised three children all of whom have gone through Waldorf School from preschool to grade twelve.