Philosophy + Theory

Not Sure What to Think About this Philosopher’s Rubric

The word rubric was originally used to refer to the annotations medieval church officials made in liturgy books in order…

Seeing Transaction Theory

Louise Rosenblatt’s visualization depicting the relationship between efferent and aesthetic readings is really powerful. What does it mean when we…

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…

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…

19th Century Philosopher Nails “Personalized” Learning Cold

Anyone who has worked in a university or school knows that tingly feeling one gets when the business needs of…

Immaturity is an Incredible Asset for Learning, Dewey Wrote

I’ve been listening to an audiobook of John Dewey’s classic Democracy in Education [free here].  Listening to his work is…

Stop and Listen to James Baldwin on the Place of Writers and Artists. You’ll Be Better for It.

I first encountered James Baldwin in graduate school.  Too late, I think, but better than never at all.  His words…

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…

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…

Learning as Life-Giving

Spirituality and education are not often used in the same breath today, but perhaps they should be.  Parker Palmer wrote…

Literacy, Video Games, and Straight Up Insight

This short video by one of the world’s finest literacy scholars will leave you asking yourself: why can’t teaching and learning…

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…

Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom [via Edutopia]

Such a simple question, but it’s how student-centered learning starts. What if, instead of making our space for our students, we…

What is the Purpose of Education? Noam Chomsky has Something to Say About That

It is one of the most important questions we can ask: What is the purpose of public education?  Education is…

Montaigne’s “Of the Education of Children”

I never yet saw that father, but let his son be never so decrepit or deformed, would not, notwithstanding, own…
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