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Disconnecting Student’s Work From Their Dreams

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Those who share power, weaken themselves, but those who share wisdom strengthen each other – Niccolo Machiavelli I came across a great article this morning and, later, a tweet from Mr. Voyles, a teacher on my wife’s elementary campus, that … Continue reading

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Perceiving Depth Where None Exists: Mirrors Reflecting Off Of Mirrors

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A wonderful chat I’ve recently come across is the No Box Thinking chat (#NBTchat – Sundays 7pm central). The central theme suggests that “thinking outside the box” isn’t enough to ensure the vitality of education. During any meeting, education or … Continue reading

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Nothing Bothers Me

Nothing Bothers Me No, Really.  Nothingness Keeps Me Up At Night. Stanley Rosen, Friedrick Nietzsche, and I have something in common. We’re all concerned with squirrels, or rather, a world without squirrels. Ok, to be more specific, a world without … Continue reading

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Let Your Students Constructively Stuggle: How Weak Teachers Create Intellectually Slavish Students

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Guiding students to answer their own questions: Plato’s Meno Introduction Plato’s curriculum could be summarized as “Education as Constructive Frustration”. On the surface many of Plato’s dialogs seem either frustratingly heavy or seemingly simplistic. Plato, at any rate, was a … Continue reading

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Every Student Is A Piraeus

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In the first few pages of Plato’s Republic we catch Socrates walking his star pupil, Glaucon, up and away from the Piraeus, the port city attached to Athens. They had gone down there because they had heard a new goddess … Continue reading

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An Educator’s 4th of July Thoughts

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Two perpetual elements of American society, that are also richly analogous, are baseball and education.  Baseball is a game of individuals, but those individual players must win as a team.  The game is played as a competition not only against … Continue reading

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Education as Serious Play

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“For serious things cannot be understood without laughable things, nor opposites at all without opposites, if a man is really to have intelligence of either; but he can not carry out both in action, if he is to have any … Continue reading

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