I love movies. I especially love movies and television series about teachers, so I want to share a few of my favorites. Since these are especially recommended for viewing on a summer evening, I've purposely omitted didactic documentaries, like ...Read More.
School's out. Politics is in. Five months of presidential political combat lie ahead. So I'm psyched to revisit the challenge of effectively educating kids to be active participants in our democratic processes. I plan to post a number of columns over the next months that focus on student voice...Read More.
Some years ago I was hired by Norway's Ministry of Education to train vocational education teachers. Having myself attended a comprehensive high school where vocational students were those who couldn't make it academically, and having taught in a suburban high school where there was zero...Read More.
A few years ago, one of my teacher interns at San Francisco State University wrote a paper that was like the voice of a trickster, waking me up and reminding me of what I occasionally missed as a teacher. The assignment was to recall what it was like for them when they were in high school and...Read More.
Two experiences recently reignited my thinking about educational reform.Read More.
The least productive current narrative about public education goes something like this. Our schools, especially high schools, are failing. There is a predominance of ineffective teachers. Short of closing bad schools, firing bad teachers and sending kids to charter schools, there is little we...Read More.
Some of you may remember the scene in The Dead Poets Society in which Robin Williams' Mr. Keating mocks the approach to poetry of Dr. J. Evans Pritchard. In a nutshell, Pritchard has a method for mathematically calculating...Read More.
When I first began teaching high school, I had two students who sat near the front of the room and quietly laughed each day at the beginning of class. An "informer" told me that they were making bets regarding how often I'd nervously straighten my tie as class began.
When I first...Read More.
A very important controversy related to children is flying under the radar of most educators. It's a controversy in which educator voices could play a highly constructive role.
Some background first. The Diagnostic and Statistical...Read More.