Forget the “Beamer”

Recently I listened to a 24-year-old definitively describing his life’s path: career promotions in yearly increments, city condos with a view, a new Beamer convertible by 28, and, of course, exciting women. He seemed smart, but certainly not wise. I sometimes...

The McNamara Fallacy and Education Reform

Today the memory of the Vietnam conflict is fading. Time has passed, and new generations have no direct remembrance of that historical period. The war fractured society and became the dominant topic in the nightly news and commentary. Looking back, the Vietnam War...

An Education for Tomorrow

Historically, public education has been the foundation for the development of our children and cultivation of our society. In many cases, the American Dream is given birth in classrooms every day for students. Children’s imagination and enthusiasm to seek knowledge,...

STUDENTS AND VICTIM MENTALITY

Connor walked into the kitchen where his mother was making supper. She turned from the boiling potatoes on the stove and looked at him with concern. “I got an email from your English teacher today,” she said with a tone of irritation. “She said you...

An Educated Person

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”          — Aristotle  The Unites States is the only nation with the ‘pursuit of happiness’ as a value. No guarantees, just the freedom to pursue it. Public education...

Skills for the 21st Century??

Change was consistent throughout the 20th century and every century before that. Humankind progressed and will continue to do so, albeit through different modes and paces. A calendar change doesn’t mean that education must change dramatically. People born in...

Education and French Horns

In symphonies of almost any era, the French horn, as a solo instrument exemplifies nobility and heroism: its characteristic strong, mellow tone tugs at the heart and spirit and increases the pulse rate. Metaphorically, the same should be true of schools. They are...

Privatization

Some reformers perceive privatization as the answer to better schools and education in the form of vouchers, tuition tax-credits, education management organizations (EMO’s), private contractors, charter management organizations and virtual schools. Efforts to...

Education Doesn’t Fall Out of a Tree

When it comes to education, we have deceived our children. Not intentionally, but because we care for them and want them to not feel pain of any sort or suffer any difficulty. So we soft-pedal the fact that getting an education is not always going to be fun – – that...