This is just a quick reflection as I prepare for the new school year by thinking about lessons, students, and the rage that would drive a man barely out of his teens to step on a gas pedal with enough deliberate force to kill and wound other humans. It’s difficult to overstate how important it … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Charlottesville and the History Teacher
According to the National Association of Independent Schools' Commission on Accreditation, twenty-first century students are qualitatively different from all students before them: I've been considering that assertion for some time, and began to wonder what would happen if we asked students for open-ended feedback about their experiences with technology in school. If, instead of giving … Continue reading Listening to Students about Technology
I was asked to contribute a little talk to a school assembly on the theme of being an outsider, so this is what I said: One late-summer Saturday when I was about twenty-two years old, I found myself standing at the checkout counter of a grocery store in rural Missouri, feeling very suddenly and … Continue reading On Being an Outsider
Here it is: Risk, by Bruce Dixon Too long, didn't read? Here’s a summary: Dixon assumes that "change" is the same thing as "progress". He asserts that who resist change always do so based on fear and ignorance. He denounces critical examination. And he drops the ball on the notion of “risk” several times, conflating … Continue reading Everything Wrong With The Way We Talk About Education and Technology in 1,200 Words.
Photo Credit The academic summer vacation is a long, tranquil mix of relaxation and productivity. Murder mysteries vie for attention with monographs, time with family alternates with professional development, and the active badgers the contemplative to get up and out, exploring and doing. Active, we’re nagged by a feeling of intellectual irresponsibility, while contemplative hours … Continue reading Becoming Better Together: Re-Thinking The Faculty In-Service
A colleague recently mused aloud about how much homework to assign his students over the winter holiday break. I blurted out the only sensible reply that came to mind: “Good heavens: none!" I will likely do a bit of grading and planning over the break, but that’s my job; it’s why I get the big bucks … Continue reading Six Things To Do Over Winter Break Besides Schoolwork
Anyone evaluating the role of Advanced Placement (AP) history in a school’s curriculum ought consider the following questions: What are the central aims of a good history class? What sort of history class would you want to take? What should the promotion of critical thinking and intellectual rigor look like in a history classroom? Photo … Continue reading AP History: The Wrong Kind of Rigor