What’s Next?

I was a senior in high school in 1999 when the Columbine shooting happened.  I remember coming home from school and watching the news coverage with my family.  We sat and watched for hours as details of the horrific events were revealed in real time.  But as horrible as that day was in Colorado almost…

A Fresh Start

I started this blog with the idea of being able to imagine what school can become.  And while I still believe in the absolutely great potential power within public education, I’m not sure that some of the ideas I have discussed  will come to fruition soon enough for me or even my children to benefit…

Big Business

I’ve been thinking recently about the responsibility of schools to provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to fill jobs.  A common refrain for some time seems to be that schools need to do a better job of preparing students to be employable upon graduation.  A quick google search would reveal that there seems…

Technology and Learning or Learning Technology

There is and has been a huge push in education for some time to integrate new technologies into schools. An estimate from 2012 cited spending on technology for  K-12 education in the United States at 56 Billion dollars per-year or $400 per student. The dangerous question to ask when considering that 56 Billion dollar price tag…

Preparing Students for…

I wish that everyone could stop thinking of school as a means of preparing individuals for the workforce.  That would probably be a radical statement for most to read and I’m sure one that would garner a great deal of criticism.  The historical roots of public education in America point us toward the fact that…

Just Close your Door and Teach

My favorite college professor of all time used to say you can do whatever you want once you close your classroom door.  I don’t think she meant that you can go to sleep or show videos all day.  What she was talking about was the restrictions that teachers often feel operating within a school structure…

Changing people

I haven’t made a post in a while probably because I’ve been struggling with my dissertation and thinking and trying not to think about it has taken up most of my time.  But with the new school year on the horizon, I can’t help but think about school and teaching.  For as long as I…

It’s Time to Do Something

I few weeks ago I was looking around in my parents house for something.  As I was sifting through piles of old papers and books, I came across a a program from my mom’s 30th high school reunion which was more than a few years ago by now.  There was a section in the program…

The Art of Teaching

So in my previous post I asked the question of what makes a great teacher.  I think the answer should start with a discussion about teaching as  science or an art.  A friend of mine told me a while ago that teaching is no longer an art.  He said that research has enabled teaching to…

Can You Really Teach?

I attended a class at my local hospital last night about child birth.  By wife and I are going to have a new baby boy soon and we signed up for classes that are supposed to prepare you for the process.  The first night was three hours long.  After about 15 minutes I wanted to…