I have been developing the Dimensions of Observable Growth for more than ten years (at my own expense, and without compensation) starting when my own two children were in school in Colorado in the early 2000's. The strong (and still intensifying) U.S. push for "data driven" decision making in classrooms prompted me to find a … Continue reading the DOG: From where? and For what?
We seem to be catching on that we've cut the heart out of education by dialing up the pace and the competitive stakes of universal, compulsory knowledge transmission in schools. Now we're scratching our heads: How do you fix a thing, once you've cut the heart out? For a decade, NCLB forced the entire education … Continue reading No reform without disruption
Reflecting on this sign I photographed in Tacoma. How is it that we grant the thieves of land and the thieves of human life and work the continued entitlement to direct the process of deciding what constitutes justice in exchanges among free people?
Lay an egg … Lay an egg … Lay an egg … I don't know if David Shrigley had schools in mind when he drew this image, but it's a perfect picture of how it must feel to be a school child in America. (For that matter, what it feels like to be a teacher … Continue reading The Productivity Problem
Children’s behavior is a good guide to where their significant adults stand on the Influence Continuum. Sometimes the freedom we give children isn’t free. When we implicitly pressure children to make the choices we want while we are telling them the choice is theirs, the effects on their behavior are the same as if we … Continue reading Power Over or Power With: Children’s personalities reflect the way adults engage with them
Wolf Alexander Erich Albert Ferdinand Freiherr von Lersner Who would name their baby all of that!? … a given name … FOUR middle names … a rank (Freiherr – Free Lord, or Baron: a nobleman free to own land, in an age when not everybody was) … a nobiliary particle (“von,” that denotes belonging to … Continue reading Encomium for an engineer
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