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Charter Schools

Are Cubicles the New Classroom? Maybe.

There is a lot of talk about the value of personalized and blended learning.  But what does it really mean?…
Private Sector

Sal Khan on How Video Can Transform Education

I do a lot of work at the intersection of technology and education.  In fact, one could argue that all…
Charter Schools

How One Researcher Sums Up the Difference between Charter and Public Schools

Few topics in education stoke debate like charter schools.  Whether in the form of longform comedy bits like this one…
Charter Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones on How Schools Are Re-Segregating

It’s not enough to adopt new standards, to open new school models, to use technology, or even to pass laws.  American…
Culture

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…
Film

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…
Culture

What We Can Learn About Teaching from Dangerous Minds

How real are portrayals of teachers in film?  In this clip from Dangerous Minds, we see a white female teacher…
English Language Learning

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…
Bullying

Chris Rock on School, Jail, and the Everpresent Reality of Kicking Ass

We’ve all heard how important it is that what goes on in school complements “real life.”  (Just check out what…
Assessment

Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

So not funny that it’s funny.  The Manhattan father of public school children and comedian delivers his criticism of high…
Equity

Key and Peele and the Substitute Teacher Sketch

What’s in a name?  Well, any teacher can tell you how important it is to get children’s names right.  And…
History + Politics

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…
Assessment

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…
History + Politics

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…
Elementary Education

Stephen King Breaks Down Childhood, Not as Horrifying as You’d Think

It’s one thing to step back and listen to a researcher talk about the uniqueness of the adolescent brain.  It’s…
Arts + Letters

If School Music Instruments Can Play Metallica, There’s Hope for Public Education

You might not think much of classroom music instruments, but give them to the Roots and Metallica and watch what…
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