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

The Tragedy of Simple Science Illiteracy

| September 28, 2015

I’m a science educator, but I’m not a big fan of promoting science as more important than the arts or any other subject matter area. I often cringe when I hear people talk about the importance of science literacy. But…. there comes a point, when I think, “wait a minute! Everybody should know this.” Last […]

Children as Real People and Engaged Learners, but Schools Get in the Way

| October 14, 2010

I mention in my book, Creating a Classroom Community of Young Scientists (2nd ed.), that “children are people.” Although this may seem obvious, the “institution” of schooling assumes that children are something less than human. In fact, children (as emotional, thinking, creative, and curious human beings) are totally missing in The No Child Left Behind Act. Children […]

In the Heartlessland of America

| October 14, 2010

Sometimes we get so caught up in the speed of everyday life, we don’t take the time to ponder what’s happening around us. As for me, I feel like I’ve been going about my everyday business with blinders on. It’s embarrassing. I feel like I’m extremely slow on the uptake. Maybe this time too many […]