Arts + Letters

Speaking Academese

“I think you are probably confused about a lot of stuff. This is my second year of teaching.” He paused. “Are you thinking of graduate …

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Teach Like a Dancer

Look at this image.  The great choreographer Martha Graham leading a master class in dance.  We might not all be dancers, but we should all aim …

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Rows of Red

This beautiful painting by Zhao Gang depicts a classroom.  I love the red depths of both the desktops and window frames. Note: this image appears …

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The Good Education

In Jean-Siméon Chardin’s 1753 painting, we see a girl being taught by a woman who is likely her tutor.  The open book is a clear source …

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In Praise of Dewey

This essay falls into the category of Things I’d Wished I’d Written.  It’s a timely piece on education philosopher John Dewey, specifically his belief that …

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In the Classroom

The clay bowl, from 480BCE, shows students and teachers in Ancient Greece engaged in learning.  One of the teachers holds something that looks like a …

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Wynton Marsalis on Education

The great trumpeter talks beautifully about the problem of competition in education, the value of historical understanding, and why music is a non-negotiable in democratic …

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