Educational Policy Campaign:
Nurturing is the Foundation


All adults responsible for children must nurture them, where the most basic form of nurturing is supporting them to satisfy their primary human needs.

Does that statement about adult responsibility strike you as self-evident?

It strikes me as such, but maybe I'm wierd because of my professional training in psychology and decades of experience taking care of other people's children.

It also turns out that the foundation for effective and efficient learning is well-being which is a result of the satisfaction of the primary human needs for air, water, food, shelter, sleep, relatedness, autonomy, and competence.

Yet, educational policy-makers do not require systemic support for meeting the primary human needs of students and teachers.

In a sense it is not their fault because these facts are not well known.

However, that failure to provide systemic need support through educational policy creates the central problem in our school system today; pervasive disengagement due to the persistent undermining of effective learning and teaching due to the lack of systemic support for well-being.

It is time for educational policy-makers to acknowledge those foundations.


I founded Schools of Conscience to build the nurturing capacity of K-12 schools.

Our inaugural campaign is to get educational policy-makers to acknowlege the proper role of primary human need support in learning by passing a resolution to that effect.

Here is where you can find the the resolution, a poster about the resolution, and other materials about it.

You can help us catalyze meaningful action at schools you care about by endorsing the resolution by filling out the resolution endorsement web form located on the right side of this paragraph.

If you are inspired to provide leadership on this issue within your learning community please visit our new campaign guide page which explains how to conduct a campaign in support of the resolution.


Endorse the resolution: click here.
Don Berg

My name is Don Berg, I am the founder of Schools of Conscience.

I am an education geek and this site is where I hope to engage with other people who like to geek out on education, too.

In the video above I tell my story of fauxchievment, how school taught me to go through the academic motions without mastering the material, and how we can stop fauxchievment from ruining the education of future students.

Below is a little bit about what this site offers.



This Educational Policy Site

The public portion of this web site (accessible via the navigation bar in the upper left) provides a good overview of key issues that contribute to the problem and point towards solutions.

Going through the motions without mastering the material which is called Fauxcheivement.

The Hidden Curriculum is where brains interact with policies, even though neither can be directly observed in the classroom how they interact creates limits on what can be accomplished there.

How we got our schools into the situation in which they systematically harm children instead of nurturing is the Story of School.

Growing Mental Maps is the crucial idea, borrowed from cognitive scientists, that can replace the defective idea of Content Delivery which keeps harmful policies in place.

Nurturing in School is the crucial behavior that will make all the difference and is undermined or contradicted at every turn in traditional mainstream schools today.

The Hero's Game is about how to understand education as just one part of how our modern human existence is co-created.

Teach Attitude 1st is the essence of the shift that will bring about wholesale change in schools (as opposed to teaching academics first).


For Members Only

The members only portion of the site is being developed to provide additional resources and more detailed information.

There is a guide to creating a campaign to get the resolution passed by your school or learning community.

Joining will give you access to e-courses that, for instance, illuminate crucial insights from the cognitive sciences that must be taken into account for education to be successful.

Another e-course will deliver a chapter a week of my forthcoming book Nurture: Mending Our Education System which lays out a comprehensive plan for building the nurturing capacity of K-12 schools.

One of the courses in development is professional development for school staff on how to provide supports for primary human needs, and how to design and implement effective sustainability programs.



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