History + Politics

History + Politics

Rare Interview: Steve Jobs Talking about Public Education

In this 1995 interview, Daniel Morrow(Executive Director of The Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program) interviews Steve Jobs.  After asking Jobs about whether…
History + Politics

Remember that Teacher Shortage Crisis? It’s Not What You Think

It’s not that there is a shortage of teachers, actually.  The problem is that teachers leave the profession in droves…
History + Politics

No Math Drills When Learning Arithmetic, Says 1913 Textbook

In an age of increased accountability, standards, and testing, some teachers have felt pressure to resort to skill and drill…
Arts + Letters

Coltrane on Practice, Expression, and Being a Force for Good

In this interview with jazz legend John Coltrane, we gain brief insight into his practicing habits and how he views…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Art

One of Life’s Ultimate Lessons, in Art

This work by artist Adrian Piper shows the phrase “Everything will be taken away” written twenty-five times on a chalkboard.  It…
History + Politics

Disney Made an Anti-Nazi Educational Film, Really

Gone are the days where Disney meant theme parks and anthropomorphic characters retelling story tales.  (Those days were gone a…
Curriculum

Teaching 9/11 Fifteen Years Later

How to teach the events of 9/11 is something every teacher grapples with.  Does one stop one’s curriculum? Does one…
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