International Education

When a Sociolinguist Eavesdrops on a Bus and Gives a Ted Talk

Learning a language is not purely cognitive. Most people can’t just memorize vocabulary and rules of grammar and speak a…

Why is English So Damn Hard to Learn? There are 3 Secrets to It.

English is really hard to learn. As the number of students who require support learning English continues to increase throughout…

What If the Crisis in Public Education Is Not What You Think?

Over the past month, teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina led mass protests, accusing state…

Watch How President Reagan Introduced A Nation at Risk

You have probably heard of A Nation at Risk–the Reagan-era report from which today’s education reforms come–but have you ever…

Why Tolkien Had a “Heartfelt Loathing” for All Things Disney

A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and…

So, THAT is Where Letters Come From!

Etymology is one thing, but to look at the historical roots of letters themselves is just pure alphabetic joy.

Room7: the Consortium of Refugee Coding Schools I’m Helping Establish

For over a year, I have been quietly helping establish a consortium of about a dozen coding schools throughout Europe…

What Underfunding Schools Looks Like

Kudos to the NYTimes for crowdsourcing examples of what underfunding schools looks like. When you hear fast comparisons between US…

Why Computer Science Belongs in English Class

Computer science in ELA class? Yes. Especially in ELA! For a few years now, I have been building the case…

A Business Case for the Arts in Education

When the founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, was asked about what education should look like, his…

Egypt’s Educational Gambit & What We Can Learn

Egypt’s education minister just spoke hear at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week. It was stunning to hear what they are doing…

No Computer Computer Science

Integrating computer science into schools doesn’t necessitate digital devices or computers. Well, eventually, yes. But not to start. See what…

Why to Stop What You Are Doing And Watch this Education Film (in French, but still…it has subtitles)

If you have never seen this gorgeous documentary about an elementary school teacher in a little school in rural France,…

If You’ve Never Seen UNESCO’s Education Plan, You Really Should

UNESCO’s goal for education by 2030 might be summed up as, “Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning…

President Trump on Education

Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about.  In recent decades, education has been framed as in a…

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…
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