Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education

Joshua Katz describes perfectly the plight of American education, the damage it does to our lower achieving students, and the super villains behind it all. "We need to pay attention to our students and who they are. . . . How can we help them be better students? . . . How can we help … Continue reading Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education

My Resignation Letter

Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I'm sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first teaching job. For eleven years I taught in these classrooms, I walked these halls, and I befriended colleagues, students, and parents alike. This … Continue reading My Resignation Letter

I’m Taking a Stand

Thursday, March 13, 2014, my children and I will be at our state capitol in Denver, Colorado protesting standardized state tests. I may be putting a lot of things at risk by taking this stand, but ethically, I cannot support a program that is damaging the profession I love. Join us in Denver at 11:30 … Continue reading I’m Taking a Stand

Opting Out: Why Ian Will Never Take State Tests

I'm taking a stand this year: My son is not taking the standardized state tests that are being mandated by the government. His school will receive a zero for my opting him out, which will lower his school's proficiency standings. On one hand, I feel bad that his school is being punished for my decision; … Continue reading Opting Out: Why Ian Will Never Take State Tests

Part 3: The solution is right in front of us

Robinson's final point is that we cannot help our students thrive under the current educational system, but we do have an alternative-school model that should replace what we are doing now. I agree. I've transcribed his main final points in italics, and then I've added my own thoughts and experiences, but feel free to watch … Continue reading Part 3: The solution is right in front of us

Part 2: the 2nd principle that drives human life

In an earlier post, Part 1: Identifying the problems, I discussed how Ken Robinson's video  is helping education by shining a light on the problems, identifying the 3 principles that drive human life, and then he offers an existing solution. The first principle is about individuality. Robinson explains the 2nd principle this way: 2nd Principle that … Continue reading Part 2: the 2nd principle that drives human life

Part 1: Identifying the problems in our current educational system

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley I love Ken Robinson's videos: He is entertaining and makes a lot of sense. Recently I read some criticism about him; these people thought Robinson was a lot of fluff with no substance, and some thought he was doing more harm than good because he creates a … Continue reading Part 1: Identifying the problems in our current educational system