Archives For: September 2012

It’s Easier for Families to Make Money Than it is to Keep it

09/27/2012
Dennis Jaffe

Many families earn money through businesses and even get rich – but it generally doesn’t last. Only a third of family businesses survive being transferred from one generation to another: less than 10 percent survive a second generational transition.

By contrast, a new report by Saybrook University faculty member Dennis Jaffe indicates that the most successful multi-generational families in the world also follow best practices on wealth management, the maintenance of personal relationships, and the development of a next-generation of leaders.

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“What does America want an education to do?”

09/24/2012
Saybrook President Mark Schulman

The real crisis in American education has nothing to do with test scores: it is the fact that America has no clear sense of what “an education” ought to accomplish.

That’s according to Mark Schulman, a noted expert on progressive education. Schulman is the President o fSaybrook University in San Francisco and the past president of Goddard College in Vermont and Antioch University Southern California, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

“(L)et’s say the reformers get what they want,” Schulman wrote in a recent column on the Huffington Post. “Even if we get test scores to go up, are we any closer to where we want to be? And where is that exactly?”

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How Muslim Youth Use the Internet

09/12/2012
Benina Gould

A new study shows that freedom of expression online is compatible with Islam – or at least that’s what Muslim teenagers think.

Benina Gould, a faculty member at Saybrook University, recently completed a study of the internet habits of Muslim youth in Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim country. The study includes both “conservative” Muslims who would be described as “fundamentalists” in the West, and “modern” Muslim teenagers, who would be described as “progressive.” It’s published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences vol 29, Spring 2012 number 2.

Students surveyed were from 16-19 years old and attended three private pesantrens (Islamic boarding schools), three Islamic madrasahs and one secular school.

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Kirk Schneider to Give Keynote Address at Conference on Existential Psychology in Eastern Europe

09/11/2012
Kirk Schneider

Saybrook University alumnus and faculty member Kirk Schneider’s place as a leading voice in existential psychology has been affirmed repeatedly by American academic organizations including the American Psychological Association.

This month, as he delivers the keynote address to the 7th annual conference of the East European Association for Existential Therapy, Schneider will receive international recognition as well.

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