"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ~ Marcus Garvey
"I Love You"
"Go to College"
~ Rudy Benton
March 22,1937 - July 30, 2021
"Mr. B" has moved on to the big multi-purpose room in heaven from which he will continue to inspire all, no matter their abilities, to keep moving, to never smoke or do drugs, and always put everything back neater than you found it!
For 46 years Rudy taught his own unique version of Physical Education. First, for ten years in Brisbane, CA, and then for 36 years in Burlingame where the emphasis would be on non-competitive sports and no activity where a student would have to wait their turn.
Rudy would spend many an evening planning activities for his classes. He was particularly famous for designing obstacle courses themed around movies, geography, holidays, Olympics etc. He also made use of popular music, dance, and former students will remember juggling, beginning with scarfs for eye-hand coordination.
Not only an inspiration to the children he taught, but he was in great demand to give workshops for teachers statewide, nationally, and even internationally. He was a natural performer and teachers would find his workshops not only to be informative, but also entertaining. Rudy even started his own television show for local access television Burlingame where children would join him to move and share his message.
Rudy and Carol, along with their daughter Kathryn lived for many years in Pacifica, CA where they made many close wonderful friends sharing birthdays and holidays. Every winter Rudy and Carol would organize a long weekend at Camp Curry in Yosemite for friends and family. Rudy would be in his element organizing line dancing.
Rudy is survived by his wife Carol of 45 years, his children Scott, Alisa, and Kathryn, and his sister Eleanor Somova.
Tributes Pour in for Sir Ken Robinson "Source of Insight, Inspiration and Joy for Millions"
1950 - 2020
Sir Ken Robinson, a friend of education who has the most viewed TED Talk of all time, passed away on August 21, 2020 at the age of 70."
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”