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...

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...

The New 3 R’s

Remember the 3 R’s in school? Reading ‘riting, and ‘rithmertic. They live forever in the mythology of education and what school was supposed to be about. Today, there are still 3 R’s — but they’re not the same. The winds of reform have blown the historic 3...

The Moral Imperative to Educate Children

“All human beings tend to have moral senses, which is the categorical imperative for them to act.” — Immanuel Kant A fog of reform is created obscuring issues and deflecting our focus from the real mission of schools. We need to emphasize ideals and principles...

The Poetry of Leadership

“The real change takes place within our souls; the real change takes place when the unfolding of our souls reflects in some deep, mysterious way the unfolding of the universe. Then it is – when an individual person dares to live within his or her truth – that the...

Tyranny of the Tangible

Public education suffers from the tyranny of the tangible. The penchant to judge schools and teachers on the basis of test scores, graduation rates, suspension rates, or other metrics has run wild. Schools are perceived successful if they get the numbers. In the...

Tyranny of the Tangible

Public education suffers from the tyranny of the tangible. The penchant to judge schools and teachers on the basis of test scores, graduation rates, suspension rates, or other metrics has run wild. Schools are perceived successful if they get the numbers. In the...

Bics, Broccoli, and Accountability

Take a Bic lighter and a sprig of broccoli and you have the two keys to accountability for today’s schools. What would you do if your superintendent said that we are going to structure schools like broccoli and function like a Bic lighter? You would probably call the...