Civics

Teach FM: All the Presidents’ Students (How Presidents Frame Public Education)

Teach FM: All the Presidents’ Students (How Presidents Frame Public Education)

Just a friendly reminder: education is not in the federal Constitution. Instead, the United States has fifty different definitions of…
Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think

Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think

You often hear that the public education system is stuck in the 19th century. I agree, but not in the…
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Inky Visualizations Teaches Us How Powerfully Humanizing Data Can Be

W.E.B. Du Bois’s Inky Visualizations Teaches Us How Powerfully Humanizing Data Can Be

For years now, I have occasionally seen 19th century data visualizations attributed to W.E.B. Du Bois. Always struck by them…
Teach FM: This One Fact Will Change the Way You Think About Public Education

Teach FM: This One Fact Will Change the Way You Think About Public Education

In the latest episode of Teach FM, I share the one fact about public education in the United States that…
Some or All of the Above: College Board’s Timely Lesson on Education Reform

Some or All of the Above: College Board’s Timely Lesson on Education Reform

When a friend asked me what I thought about a recent New York Times column lauding College Board’s overhaul of…
Famous Writers? Not So Fond of Schools. But They LOVE Libraries.

Famous Writers? Not So Fond of Schools. But They LOVE Libraries.

I had mixed feelings reading how famous writers talked about formal education. They criticized its effects while holding up the…
My NEW Podcast Asks: Are Public Schools Succeeding or Failing?

My NEW Podcast Asks: Are Public Schools Succeeding or Failing?

In my new podcast series called Teach FM, I explore some of the most pressing question in public education. Each…
The Curious Case of New York State School Accountability Changes

The Curious Case of New York State School Accountability Changes

There are about 2.6 million students who attend schools in New York State. 1.1 million of those students are in…
MLK: Chief Aim of Education is to “Save Man from the Morass of Propaganda”

MLK: Chief Aim of Education is to “Save Man from the Morass of Propaganda”

Writing for his campus newspaper at Morehouse College, an 18-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. succinctly articulated what it means to…
Tom’s Tirade in 3,2,1: Why This Teacher Should Cry and You Should Too

Tom’s Tirade in 3,2,1: Why This Teacher Should Cry and You Should Too

Oh, hell no. Scrolling through LinkedIn recently, I saw this video posted by a top Influencer (one of those on…
Learn from Wittgenstein Why It’s So Hard to Communicate Online

Learn from Wittgenstein Why It’s So Hard to Communicate Online

You cannot separate language from technology in the digital age. It’s impossible (or fruitless) to do so. Digital technology is…
Reports of Child Abuse Go Up the Day After Report Cards Go Out

Reports of Child Abuse Go Up the Day After Report Cards Go Out

Let’s all take a moment and let this sink in: increases of child abuse can be correlated with the release…
What’s the Right Way to Teach Thanksgiving? Watch This and Decide for Yourself.

What’s the Right Way to Teach Thanksgiving? Watch This and Decide for Yourself.

This PBS report does a sound job in presenting the realities of trying to teach Thanksgiving in schools. Specifically, the…
Brave, Not Perfect: A Message to Girls Around the World

Brave, Not Perfect: A Message to Girls Around the World

You ever notice how young and quickly the color pink becomes associated with femininity? I have. If we are to…
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