Monthly Archives: December 2014

Reform movement based on faulty data?

We are living in an era of educational reform. These reforms almost always focus on improving the existing system of education.  Which really has two huge assumptions.  The first is, that the system is fixable, and the second is that … Continue reading

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Increased Testing = Anti-Intellectual Schools!

spent a good part of my professional career trying to convince myself the standardized test we subjected our kids in schools every spring –mattered.  My staff and I each summer would anxiously await the release of the results. We would … Continue reading

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Do today’s schools fail to build character?

Earlier this week a colleague of mine shared with me a treasure he found in his office.  It was a publication to the community dated December 1927.   This was not a small publication it contained 40 plus pages of … Continue reading

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If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. — John Dewey

We hear all the time from all kinds of people in and outside of Education that we need to move away from the industrial model of schooling.  We all know this model because it is likely the one we experienced … Continue reading

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School Rules vs Expectations

Sometimes it just hits you like a hammer.  In 1997, after an exhausting year as an assistant principal at a medium sized high school I sat in in my office and stared at all the items I had collected throughout … Continue reading

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