Tagged with Education

New Day for Education

Our world has been transformed again and again in my lifetime and the new day for education is also beginning. There have been attempts to change education, the last one driven by Bill Gates and Race to the Top funding of Common Core standards and Teacher Evaluation. There is significant push back for good reason … Continue reading »

Who Is Decomposing Education and Why?

I volunteer at a nearby elementary school helping a kindergarten teacher (my daughter) with filing, bulletin board decorating, and whatever else she needs done. Last week I was deciphering student writing and placing graded papers and parent correspondence in student folders while she was introducing one of the vocabulary words, decompose. I had noticed the … Continue reading »

Golden Rule Schools

What if we had schools based on the golden rule, where we treat each other the way we want to be treated? Too idealistic, you say? I think it is possible. It would take visionary leadership and a bonded, aligned adult team, clear expectations and consistent fair consequences for students. It would lift the energy … Continue reading »

A Slap in the Face

My daughter and I were together on Saturday. We drove passed a billboard of a young white female teacher with the caption, Irreplaceable. “That is a slap in the face to all the rest of us teachers.” my daughter said. Memphis City Schools has singled out some teachers as irreplaceable, which leaves the vast majority … Continue reading »

Address Poverty to Improve Education

I ran across this article as i was updating the footnotes for my book The Power of Teams,which will be available by the end of the year. David Berliner’s ideas here aligned with my experience working in a city with a 25% poverty rate. I am glad to introduce you to his ideas. To transform … Continue reading »

An Inspired Educator’s Worth

An inspired educator is worth her weight in gold. She adds that much value to the lives of those she influences, let’s see, gold is $1620 per ounce, 16 ounces in a pound, say, 150 pounds. She is worth $3,888,000. That’s about right. It is so difficult to put a monetary value on prevention and … Continue reading »

Why I Love Teaching (and Learning)

All humans love to learn, at least their brains do. Sometimes we get turned off by ridicule, failure, or boredom. Luckily for me, I had many inspired and inspiring teachers. I’ve come to realize that it is almost impossible to teach what you are not, so inspiration and enthusiasm belong in the process, making learning … Continue reading »