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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…
History + Politics

Pay Science and Math Teachers More? Maybe.

Some areas are K-12 teaching are harder to staff than others.  Just ask any school principal you know.  It’s really…
Arts + Letters

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…
Equity

Why Is Educating Children in America So Hard?

Dr. Pedro Noguera offers these sagacious words: “We live in a country where those who know the most about education…
Literacy

Why to Approach Coding as a Composition Practice

Listen to my discussion with Dr. Ian O’Byrne on why we have to approach software and coding as a form…
Equity

“I think they threw a book at a Negro student in a study hall”: What we might learn from the Clinton 12 (1956)

It’s been just sixty years since twelve students of color in Clinton, Tennessee were integrated into high school with their…
Equity

UVA Law Professor Breaks Down School Desegregation and Why It’s About Way More than Schools

Watch Professor Risa Goluboff at UVA discuss Brown v. Board of Education in plain English. In particular, note how she argues…
Culture

Rerouted the Pipeline? Now Rebuild the Schools.

Native Americans have the lowest graduation rate than any other demographic. Period.  Their schools have been systematically neglected for decades.…
Equity

The Little Rock 9 and Limits of Education

In 1957, nine students of color in Little Rock, Arkansas were escorted into schools by presidential order and under the…
Equity

That Time the Supreme Court Had to Make States Provide Equal Education to All

So, a little over six decades ago, in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools in the United States…
Family

This 1950 Instructional Film on “Dining Together” Might Just Save Your Thanksgiving

I don’t know who made these films, but there are many of them online.  Called “instructional” or “educational” films, you can…
History + Politics

Let Sam Seaborn Remind Us All What Education is Worth

I once remarked to a friend that we might do well to require students to watch the entirety of West…
Health + Nutrition

Love the Teenager in Your Life? Know Their Brain.

When working with secondary education teachers, I often find myself reminding them that while teaching teenagers can be challenging on…
Literacy

Teach Students to Steal–Just Like Great Writers

The brilliant John Cleese imparts his advice to young writers: steal if you have to!  In this clip from Big…
Curriculum

And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

I used to do a project with my 9th grade English students where they’d rap literary critiques of Chaucer’s Canterbury…
Curriculum

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…
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