International Education

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…

Why Comparing Countries’ Educational Performance Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You Think

Many other countries to which the U.S. compares itself are 1) much smaller and 2) more centralized.  The U.S. is…

So, About those International Test Comparisons

For sure, you have heard that the U.S. is way behind other industrialized nations based on international tests in literacy…

Poet Drops Mic on School System

In this video, poet Prince Ea performs a lyrical indictment of the school system.  He makes some powerful points, to…

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum On Liberal Arts Education

Ever since I read her book Not For Profit, I’ve been drawn to University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s take…

Those Are Bullet Holes in the Children’s School

This picture shows students in Iraq attending school, the bullet holes in the building a heartbreaking reminder of the risks…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lunch as a Required Course of Study

How Japanese schools approach lunch is eye-opening, especially as many conversations about public education are reduced to narrowly defined academics.…

Speaking Academese

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

No Matter How It Arrives

Only later, at home, on the wooden bed we shared, did Mama weep. It did not matter that other aunts…
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