Arts + Letters

Why Poetry and STEM are Not So Far Apart

Etymology is often my go-to inspiration source for looking at things differently.  Big ups to Merriam-Webster for this etymological gem…

Seeing Transaction Theory

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

A Poet’s Catalog of Plant Life

I love most things that blur the line between the sciences and the arts, and I can always count on…

“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all…

Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…

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…

Einstein’s Advice to His 11-year-old Son on Learning

Better than school, Einstein writes, is for a child to become engulfed in the joy of doing something he loves.…

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…

Imagine Kurt Vonnegut as Your Writing Teacher. Here’s His Introduction.

I love seeing how other teachers frame their classes with their students.  Usually, I am so pressed for time as the…

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…

“You gonna leave that idea stuck in your head forever? That sucks,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda to BX students

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, share his insights about creativity and writing with students at a Bronx high school.  The…

Libraries as Lifelines

Libraries are the other public education system.  In many ways, they have the potential to do things that public schools…

Coltrane on Practice, Expression, and Being a Force for Good

In this interview with jazz legend John Coltrane, we gain brief insight into his practicing habits and how he views…

Data, Transparency, and How Learning is Deposited

In his novel The Circle, Dave Eggers tells the story of a not-so-future world where technology companies increasingly blend into…

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…

Stanley Fish Essentially Tells Teachers to Know Their Role

Few have a way with words like Stanley Fish.  The provocateur, whose early Milton scholarship is still dear to my…
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