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. This must be how it feels to be a school child in America. Do we want to raise a generation of kids that excel in following instructions to accomplish prescribed outcomes on predetermined timetables? … or do we want to raise a generation of kids that … 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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One of the ways we cripple our children is to assume that there's nothing going on inside their heads …
It's impossible to conceive of different ways to think about education without first identifying and momentarily suspending our most basic (and usually unexamined) assumptions. The illustration below is an attempt to assess our current, common, core beliefs about education. I intend to write follow-up posts about the Ten Horsemen … and the language, policies, and … Continue reading Ten Horsemen of the Educational Apocalypse