Category Archives: Learning

Discussions of learning… by children and adults.

Living In Layers – Part 10 – Emergence and Ownership

As we develop the courage to relate to others and to our intellectual worlds, we begin developing a sense of trust in allowing ourselves and our social activities to emerge. Giving up some of our perceived need to control our … Continue reading

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The New Koch School

This blog entry is in reaction to the following Miami Herald news story: “Koch family to open a new kind of private school: No teachers, no homework, no grades”. Although I like many of the ideas here, I have a … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part 9 – Courage, Compassion, and Intellect

Increasing the permeability of our layered existence is not an easy, comfortable, or painless experience. As Maxine Greene, a spirited and gritty scholar of education, has discussed in working with the promotion of greater understandings among students in multiracial and … Continue reading

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Cell Phones in Classrooms

The following post (video… but I don’t know why it is a video) popped up on Facebook this morning. To me it is a troublesome video. The topic isn’t troublesome, but the intent of the post is troublesome. It perpetuates … Continue reading

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Schooling and How Schools Don’t Prepare Children for Life

This entry is my reaction to an article on Medium: “Stop Telling Your Kids That School Will Prepare Them for Life” by Rich Stowell https://medium.com/letters-to-my-boys/stop-telling-your-kids-that-school-will-prepare-them-for-life-ef9e55c0b2d – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Students are … Continue reading

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The Corporate—Institutional Connection in Education

Standards, Curriculum, Educational Products, and the Demise of the Teaching Profession   Over the past couple of months, I’ve had an opportunity to spend time examining state and national standards, as well as school district curricular documents. I was doing … Continue reading

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Federal and State Standard, and Local Curriculum Guidelines – Disturbing Documents

I’ve been examining local, state, and federal curriculum guidelines and standards over the past week or so. And, I’m shocked at what people have put together. I’ve never been a fan of standards and prescriptive curricula, so reading these documents … Continue reading

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Connecting to Another

Stephan Harding’s “Encountering Another Being” —   In this video, Stephan Harding talks about a sense of knowing that is non-conceptual. It is in a sense pre-conceptual. In Buddhism, this sense of knowing is considered to be what is called … Continue reading

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Linearity 2.0 – Crushing Insight and Creativity

Most teachers keep control over the direction of discussions in the classroom. In fact, most classroom discussions follow the pattern of: a. teacher question b. student answer c. teacher evaluation. Such a sequence is frequently referred to as IRE sequence … Continue reading

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The Assumption of Linearity in Education

I was listening to a educational materials salesman talk about the “curricula” teachers want with the materials he’s selling. He kept going on about at what grade level kids should learn one thing or another, and that to repeat it … Continue reading

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