Archive for the 'Education' Category

BIG-OIL CORPORATIONS TEACHING 3RD-GRADERS…

October 17th, 2017

The key moment in the report comes at timemark 5:30: Oklahoma’s legislature cut $214 million from the education budget and gifted Big Oil with $216 million in tax breaks. Yea free market…!

WHEN A CELEBRATION BECOMES HURTFUL…?

June 9th, 2017

I’ll confess that in my ignorance, I sometimes don’t get why someone is offended, but I’m a 62-year-old white guy living in the United States of America privileged by an accident (no, really, I was an accident) of birth, so that’s not an uncommon state. When I read The Central Student Association’s apology for playing […]

WHAT I (AND EVERYONE) DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL…

May 17th, 2017

I am fond of saying that I only learned on useful lesson in four years of high school and that was how to type (and I learned that for all the wrong reasons, primarily that I got to be one of only two guys in a class of girls). Public education is broken for many […]

NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGE IN CLEVELAND, 1900-80…

March 31st, 2017

Todd Michney reached out to me (and through Have Coffee Will Write, Cleveland’s treasure Roldo Bartimole) about his book: Surrogate Suburbs:Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 from the University of North Carolina Press. Michney wrote: Dear Jeff, I came across your blog in looking up Roldo Bartimole’s contact information; I wanted him […]

WHAT I’M READING NOW: BERNIE TO EDUCATION…

March 26th, 2017

First up this morning, Trevor Timm on Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party. My takeaway: In other words, [the DNC elite are] doubling down on the exact same failing strategy that Clinton used in the final months of the campaign. Sanders himself put it this way in his usual blunt style […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE YOU’LL READ TODAY…

December 30th, 2016

Mano Singham is always cogent and insightful, but today he’s hit a particularly high note in The white norm error. He writes: There is a peculiar tendency in America with many phenomena (and maybe it exists in other countries too), that when the data are disaggregated by race, to see the statistics for whites as […]

DON’T WAVE THE CARROT; LIGHT THE FIRE…!

November 18th, 2016

I first came across Alfie Kohn’s work fifteen years, or so, ago when I read Punished By Rewards. The basic idea is that punishment and rewards are equally bad for a student’s education because the central message of both tactics is that the task at hand really sucks and that no one in their right […]

I’M A LARK AND I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…

November 8th, 2016

I’m a Lark, a person who is at his best before noon. I know that there are owls out there who can’t think straight before noon and so what I prefer is counter to their best interests, but I also think that we’re at our bests when our internal clocks actually synchronize with the natural […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

WHAT WOULD HERMIONE GRANGER DO…?

October 14th, 2016

ONE REASON WHY WE FEAR THE ACT OF WRITING…

September 14th, 2016

So, I finished reading Jesse Ball’s latest—How To Set A Fire And Why—this morning. I had ordered the book from my local library after reading Aditi Sriram review in The Atlantic and I’ll leave that piece to paint the broader brush, but two passages, both late in the book, stayed with me. The first comes […]

YOU CAN’T PAY ATTENTION WHILE TEXTING…

September 11th, 2016

This is, of course, a lesson we continuously attempt to impart–-Stay Alive! Don’t text and drive!—to those navigating a ton of metal and plastic at speed down our streets and highways, but the same can be said about how we now walk through life. I wonder how many budding writers are begin crippled by always […]

JUST WAIT UNTIL THEY HIT CALCULUS…

September 5th, 2016

I didn’t either.

THOMAS FRANK ON THE EVILS OF MERITOCRACY…

August 30th, 2016

Thomas Frank sat down for an interview with Kathy Kiely published in Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, ‘Listen Liberal’ at Bill Moyers & Company. Frank took Kiely over a number of jumps, but the theme of meritocracy vs. solidarity resonated with me. One of the things about a […]

UNLEARNERD…? HOW ABOUT NEVER LEARNED…?

August 28th, 2016

My personal theory, as an educator, is that students don’t unlearn, or even forget very much, over the 10 weeks or so of summer vacation; they simply never actually learned the material in the first place. Oh, they may have crammed for exams, and done well, but that is very different from learning

HELMETS ARE WERE FOR SISSIES…

August 26th, 2016

When I was growing up I took a lot stupid actions. (I did even more as a young adult, but that’s another story.) My friends and I rode old car hoods down snowy hills, we touched moving trains, we swam across lakes in the deep woods, we swung across deep ravines on vines, we, well […]

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

WE DON’T NEED NO ANY CHARTER SCHOOLS…

August 22nd, 2016

Of course, Ohio—with White Hat Management at the fore—comes in for the lion’s share of Oliver’s piece. As for the question of Cyber Charters, I can say from 10+ years of working with online classes in multiple districts that unless the student is working in a classroom with a knowledgeable educator (or receiving at-home instruction […]

HOW WE CULL THE COLLEGE-STUDENT HERD…?

August 21st, 2016

Bread and butter. Chocolate and peanut butter. Drinking and college. Anyone who thinks that making the drinking age 21 will keep 18- (and even some 17-year-olds) from drinking on campus is blind to a very simple reality. There’s a reason high school juniors and senior quietly shortlist party schools when they’re looking at colleges. After […]

SCHOOL STARTS ON MONDAY…

August 16th, 2016

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