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A Grand Sleight of Hand: The Illusion of the “Digital”

You know how a flip book creates the illusion of motion? That’s kind of what the entire Digital Age is…

Observing Teachers, Minute X Minute

I observe a lot of teachers teaching. Over time, I’ve developed a tool that helps me stay focused while being…

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…

♡ for Teachers

Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by…

George Carlin on Educational Woes

George Carlin had a way of making audiences laugh, think, and sigh all at once.  In this bit, the comedian takes…

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…

How Hamilton Nudged Washington on Education in 1796

As he composed his farewell address, President George Washington enlisted feedback from one Alexander Hamilton (before his Broadway fame, obviously).…

Before You Write Off the Common Core Completely, Try Taking THIS 8th Grade Exam

When you talk with others about education, it’s not uncommon to hear them refer to the glory days of education…

FDR on Educational Inequity in 1938. Could’ve Been Written Today.

When you read and listen to enough presidential speeches about education, it becomes unsurprising that American presidents tend to frame…

Let Monty Python Help You Teach Argumentative Writing

I first saw reference to this clip in the book They Say/I Say by Gerald Graff and Kathy Birkenstein.  The…

Eminem on Writing, Rhyming, and English Class

Whether his name makes you wince or smile, Eminem has established himself in hip-hop and pop culture by linguistically out…

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…

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…

Chuck Berry’s “School Days”…. Just Because

The great Chuck Berry performed his classic song on television in 1958.  To assist in your inevitable urge to karaoke,…

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…

Mr. Miyagi Shows Us All What Learning Is

Where do you put Mr. Miyagi in a list of great teachers?  Top ten?  This is a scene that, for me,…
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