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...

Significant Teachers

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for 20 years.”  — Jacques Barzun. Did teachers have an impact on your life? Most people can identify a teacher or teachers who helped make them what they are today. Many...

What’s Your Number?

We hear a lot about data lately – big or otherwise. Data-mapping. Data scanning. Data management. Data analysis. Data mining. Data-based decision-making. We are immersed in – numbers, algorithms, formulas, metrics. Schools are no exception. We now worship on the altar...

Data, Life, and Education

We hear a lot about data lately – big or otherwise. Data-mapping. Data scanning. Data management. Data analysis. Data mining. Data-based decision-making. We are immersed in – numbers, algorithms, formulas, metrics. Schools are no exception. We now worship on the altar...

Great Teachers More Than Avatars

Teacher bashing has been a staple in conversations about school reform. Some reformers espouse that all we need is a better brand of teachers and all of education’s problems would disappear. As a consequence, the foundation of some reform plans is focused on...

Technology — A Love Affair

We have a love affair with technology. No one can deny that. Technology is a great influence on the way we live, but we seldom think about its negative consequences. Technology is touted as connecting people. But connections are more than texts, e-mails or social...