Tom Liam Lynch

Equity

An Assemblyman’s Response to New York Education Reform

Under the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top initiative, states like New York opted to compete for federal money and…
Assessment

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…
Equity

Andrew Cuomo on the Problem of the Word “Schools”

It’s easy to get frustrated with politicians who talk about education.  They tend to reduce the issues in education to…
Equity

How Did That Race to the Top End?

Race to the Top is the Obama Administration’s education reform initiative.  It overlapped with former President Bush’s No Child Left…
Equity

Revisiting How NCLB Was Framed

No Child Left Behind was the signature education initiative of George W. Bush’s presidential administration.  It was followed by the…
Charter Schools

Are Cubicles the New Classroom? Maybe.

There is a lot of talk about the value of personalized and blended learning.  But what does it really mean?…
Private Sector

Sal Khan on How Video Can Transform Education

I do a lot of work at the intersection of technology and education.  In fact, one could argue that all…
Equity

A Cartoonish Look at Urban Education in the 19th Century

Vouchers and school choice movements are not new.  Let’s see what history can teach us about them. Thomas Nast’s cartoons…
Culture

The Pedagogy of Plato’s Cave

If you are reading this, you probably read Plato at some point.  Or, you were probably assigned to read Plato…
Charter Schools

How One Researcher Sums Up the Difference between Charter and Public Schools

Few topics in education stoke debate like charter schools.  Whether in the form of longform comedy bits like this one…
Charter Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones on How Schools Are Re-Segregating

It’s not enough to adopt new standards, to open new school models, to use technology, or even to pass laws.  American…
Culture

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…
Film

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…
Culture

What We Can Learn About Teaching from Dangerous Minds

How real are portrayals of teachers in film?  In this clip from Dangerous Minds, we see a white female teacher…
English Language Learning

Eddie Izzard on the Wonders (and Laughs) of Bilingualism

Language isn’t just words, it’s social and cultural.  In education, teaching language (and through language) means taking time to understand…
Bullying

Chris Rock on School, Jail, and the Everpresent Reality of Kicking Ass

We’ve all heard how important it is that what goes on in school complements “real life.”  (Just check out what…
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