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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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AS…

As ecosystems are stressed and careen towards collapse… As the world population increases beyond the limits of capacity… As communities split apart and are consumed by fear and hatred… As nations come apart at the seams or barely hang on … 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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The Dissolution of the Institution of Education

I’ve been a critic of the institution of education in the U.S. for quite some time. Little did I know that in my lifetime I would see this institution be threatened with elimination. At this moment, I’m trying to contend … Continue reading

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Losing Our Nation

I’m sad. Actually, I’m incredibly sad. I’m sitting here having realized that my country in gone. Poof! Just like that… gone. If you haven’t realized this, you have probably felt an uneasy sense that something-is-missing. This experience must be like … Continue reading

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Responsibility and Relationships: From You and Me to Society

Over the past eight months or so, my wife and I have been renting a house after moving from a different city. Several weeks ago we found a house to buy. We approached our landlord, who lives out of state, … Continue reading

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More Shootings and We Still Haven’t Learned

Yet another school shooting today, and this time young children, as well as adults. Of course, we still think everyone should have guns, even though the 2nd Amendment was not intended to allow guns in everyone’s homes, but rather for … Continue reading

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Greenpeace… Book Review

Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World by Rex Weyler (2004, Rodale Press, 612 pp) I just finished reading Rex Weyler’s Greenpeace…, which I purchased shortly after meeting Rex at a conference in July. His … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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