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What Did You Learn Today?

Having been involved in schools for many years now, I came to wonder what they were actually for. Compulsory schooling is a relatively new phenomenon in the history of people on this planet. Mozart, for example never went to school, yet his achievements were…

The decline of free, unstructured play and the rise of depression amongst our teens

Below, is an article published in the Missoulian newspaper on October the 5th by Ben Kestner in response to an earlier editorial. I read the editorial section of the Missoulian this Wednesday with particular interest as a parent and as a teacher/administrator of some…

The 6 Essential Features of a 21st century Education

In his introduction to John Gatto’s book “Dumbing us Down-The Hidden Curriculum of compulsory Schooling”, David Albert lists Dan Greenberg’s six consensus points which he says leading educators, business leaders and government officials agree are the essential features of an education that would meet…

What the Tests Don’t Measure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Just received from a friend, Joan Baratz Snowden: My daughter’s new elementary school principal sent this to all the students as they received their state standardized testing scores this week: “We are concerned that these tests do…

Fixed versus Growth Mindset

Professor Carol Dweck on how students’ mindsets shape their motivation and learning. – “15 years of research show that praising children’s intelligence harms them”

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Common Core

Originally posted on Nicholas Meier:
I have been hearing from many friends who work as K-12 teachers, as well as some teacher educator colleagues here in California, that they are excited to see the coming of the Common Core standards. They see in them…

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