Jeff Bloom's Blog

Mullings on teaching, learning, schooling, society, ecology, systems, spirituality, connections…

On-Line Classes

| July 2, 2011

The notion of online classes brings up a point I’ve been wanting to discuss again. I think online classes are a travesty (see earlier post) and a very poor replacement for in-person classes. Having taught two classes on line, I feel like I’ve been prostituting myself 🙂 – because I really need the money… needed […]

Thoughts on Adopting Curriculum from Other Countries

| July 2, 2011

The trouble with adopting a curriculum from another country (or even from any different setting in this country or state, etc.) is that the contexts of what is relevant, meaningful, etc. change. However, it all depends on what assumptions we’re basing our ideas of education. If we see education as merely taking in fragmented pieces […]

The Common Core Standards – Keeping Our Kids Dumb

| July 2, 2011

It may be a knee-jerk reaction on my part, but I’m suspicious of political efforts in education. Fundamentally, I don’t think the real intent and motivation is to help children. The quote from the Standards web site brings up a number of questions and thoughts. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding […]