When the president is a liar 

I have to confess that I have long rolled my eyes at suggestions that schools should promote critical thinking for students.   Duh. Of course, schools should promote critical thinking. Why else would [...]

November 27th, 2017|

Good enough for my kid?

American values about education are never more clear than when we think about what we want for our own children. I know that I’ve evaluated every classroom I ever observed [...]

October 23rd, 2017|

The medium is us

“We become what we behold  . . . We shape our tools and, afterward, our tools shape us.” — Marshall McLuhan Periodically, I see a query about what person, living [...]

September 24th, 2017|

Practical preparation for all

I never thought of myself as a vocational student when I was in high school. But, in fact, my daily high school newspaper class was a practical course with direct [...]

August 29th, 2017|

In reform decisions, somebody knew consequences

“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” sputtered the leader, as it finally dawned on him that, no matter how many times he snapped his fingers, he couldn’t [...]

July 10th, 2017|

The lure of teaching

A newly minted teacher of elementary and special education recounts her long journey to a teaching credential. Jillian Stelma was walking through the halls of her high school when a [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Pick up the phone — now!

This is the time of year when I honestly would prefer to sit back, watch the snow gently drift down, and muse about the single red cardinal who alights in [...]

February 27th, 2017|

White like me

  The writing prompt from the presenter was simple enough: How has your race influenced your life? I dutifully bent my head and put my pen to paper and . [...]

January 23rd, 2017|

Time to learn, time to teach

How schools use time is an evergreen issue in education. No matter what time of year it is, time — or the lack of time — is always up for [...]

November 28th, 2016|

Getting better at learning

Katie was an exceptional 4th-grade teacher. Honestly, she was the single best classroom teacher whom I’ve ever witnessed. As she taught, she seemed to be tapping into multiple brains simultaneously, [...]

October 25th, 2016|