One of the ways we cripple our children is to assume that there's nothing going on inside their heads …
I have a friend who's a teacher educator, who alternates between amusement and despair at the intellectual and bureaucratic chasm between teacher training curricula and current research on teaching & learning, on the one hand … and between research on teaching & learning and the school quality measures that drive teacher ed curricula, on the … Continue reading Public education: mass producing the indolent consumer
I have begun to consider the starling murmuration as a metaphor for human culture. Call it: a spontaneously self-organizing group comprised of individuals that appear to be completely autonomous but nevertheless both respond to one another and contribute to the flow of the whole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4f_1_r80RY Wanting to know more about the mechanics of this … Continue reading Human Culture as a form of murmuration
My day job requires me to visit people’s homes. I check a piece of medical equipment and then I go on. I visit about 20 people a day. The homes are various; mansions tucked into a mountain on the Colorado front range, a single room in a dormitory on the campus of a convent, the … Continue reading 100 doors / week
Opponents of Self Directed Learning sometimes liken SDL to abandonment, but it is nothing of the kind.
Young people, in 2018, American society, are embedded in multiple, overlapping, yet often completely incompatible and incoherent layers of cultural experiences characterized by a panoply of incompatible and incoherent Standards, Rules, and Goals.
Every day, new and disheartening reports of the poor mental health of American adolescents roll across our social media feeds. In numbers never before seen, American teens are experiencing inconsolable anger, anxiety, and depression. We want to believe that emotional downturn is an unavoidable and universally experienced aspect of a normal developmental stage: adolescents have … Continue reading Sovereign teens
I have a lot of concern (bordering on obsession) for the people in this country whose equal status is theoretically guaranteed by the law, but who continue to experience discrimination and rejection, to which persons of more privileged status often stand in silent witness. As the blind and the ignorant among us slowly awaken to the widespread injustice … Continue reading i’m brown, too, dammit!