Jeff Bloom's Blog

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

The “Common Core” of Ignorance

| December 8, 2012

For decades, but actually for centuries, educational scholars have been pushing for ways of teaching that engage children and contribute to their growth and development as thoughtful participants in society. However, corporate and political forces always seem to win out in the battles between thoughtful and thoughtless schooling. Thoughtless schooling has been empowered from the […]

Corporate Schooling, Not Public Schooling

| June 11, 2011

I was listening to NPR earlier this week (but I usually have trouble listening for very long, since they really should be NCR or National Corporate Radio, but that’s another story). One of the (non-)advertisements was about the Broad Foundation and their program of recruiting corporate CEO’s to become school superintendents. I was flabbergasted. How […]

Relationships, Bundles of Relationships

| October 14, 2010

Over the past several years – actually it’s probably been over the past several decades – I’ve been increasingly interested in “relationships.” This topic has arisen in previous posts. However, I’d like to explore this topic briefly, but in some depth here. When I bring up the topic with my students, the immediate reaction is […]

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 […]