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 A Problem with Productivity
One of the ways we cripple our children is to assume that there's nothing going on inside their heads …
I delivered this poem in Amsterdam, at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Montessori Internationale, on April 17, 2016. I wrote it in response to a request that I celebrate the intersection of the mathematical and the pedagogical threads of the conference with a poetic interlude. Less than three weeks later, back at home … Continue reading Let me be Zero – a poem about what counts in education
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein – My friend Sam is a gravitational physicist who recently made a disappointing foray into high school teaching. In his late career enthusiasm for kindling new flames of lifelong interest by sharing his research passions with high … Continue reading School Accountability, Feedback Systems, and Cupcake Contests
Attention is where the rubber of your self-on-its-journey meets the road of community, culture, and environment.
One of the most debilitating things we do to young people is to assume that there’s nothing going on inside their heads until we liberate them from their boredom by creating magical experiences, demonstrating indispensable skills, and sharing profound insights.