Tom Liam Lynch

Equity

Education, Jefferson’s Essential Protection Against Tyranny

In 1778, Thomas Jefferson wrote that education was essential to fight the slow fall of government into tyranny.  A powerful…
Arts + Letters

Data, Transparency, and How Learning is Deposited

In his novel The Circle, Dave Eggers tells the story of a not-so-future world where technology companies increasingly blend into…
Curriculum

Education Reform, Boss Tweed-Style

This 1871 cartoon by Thomas Nast shows the ever-corrupt Boss Tweed raiding a public school classroom, his cronies throwing out…
Curriculum

Masterful Pre-K Teacher, Just Beautiful

Central Park East 1 has been the subject of many studies over the years for its culture of creativity and…
Equity

Failing Systems, Complex Fix

Love this brief talk by Dr. Kara S. Finnigan at University of Rochester.  She talks about the pitfall of trying to…
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Back When They Sold Tonics to Cure Teachers’ “Mental and Nervous Exhaustion”

You know, sometimes you come across an old advertisement that you can’t believe is real.  Yet here it is from…
Arts + Letters

Frank Lloyd Wright on Education

Maria Popover of Brainpickings wrote a wonderful meditation on Frank Lloyd Wright, which included this quip on education: “The present education…
Arts + Letters

Stanley Fish Essentially Tells Teachers to Know Their Role

Few have a way with words like Stanley Fish.  The provocateur, whose early Milton scholarship is still dear to my…
Arts + Letters

Tim Gunn, Master Teacher? Yup.

I occasionally watch clips from Project Runway.  Not whole episodes, but clips.  I think one of the things I’m drawn…
Charter Schools

Political Spin and Policy Research

Professor Jeffrey R. Henig of Teachers College, Columbia University delivers this brief talk about how research plays into political ideology.  His…
Arts + Letters

Aesthetic Learning through a Child’s Painting

The International Museum of Children’s Art has a fantastic archive of powerful pieces by young people.  This painting of a…
History + Politics

See the Golden Days of Teacher Preparation

Did you know that all struggling teachers have to do is spend less time reading and more time socializing?  According…
History + Politics

Wittgenstein’s Stint as an Elementary Schoolteacher (Revealed in Letter to Bertrand Russell)

What I would give for a glimpse of Wittgenstein teaching children my son’s age.  According to sources, it didn’t ultimately…
Arts + Letters

The Melville School of Real-World Learning

There are many reasons to love Moby Dick, but the author’s compelling comparison of a whaling ship to Ivy League…
Culture

Developing Youth Literacies, Loving the Disciplines

The great literacy researcher Elizabeth Birr Moje of University of Michigan delivers this TED-style talk at an educational research conference.…
Arts + Letters

Chuck Berry’s “School Days”…. Just Because

The great Chuck Berry performed his classic song on television in 1958.  To assist in your inevitable urge to karaoke,…
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