Category Archives: Teaching

Discussions of teaching and curriculum.

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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A Brief Look at Warm Data in the Contexts of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Education

Warm Data is a new term coined by Nora Bateson (2016, 2017a, 2017b) to address issues with current research in the natural and social sciences. Such data can be contrasted with the all too familiar “cold data” of measurement and … Continue reading

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The Problem with “Tolerance”

The problem with “tolerance” is that it is fundamentally a disconnect. It sets up a negative relationship. The meaning communicated by the statement, “I will tolerate you (or whomever),” is dismissive and condescending. Yet, we act as if “tolerance” is … Continue reading

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State of the World & Education

I’ve been thinking about how much I’d love to write about how children learn and make sense of the world, how teachers can tap into exciting ways of engaging children in their sense making processes, how teachers can transform classrooms … Continue reading

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Words that Teachers Use

It’s far too easy to fall into the habit of criticizing children (or anybody for that matter). But, the words we use are weapons, are acts of violence. Although they may “just” be words at first, they begin to promote … Continue reading

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