Thinking about thinking


Metacognition saw a boost of interest in public education with the ongoing hullabaloo around growth mindset. Some good points around “thinking about thinking” were introduced, but some of the nuances were lost and some rightly criticized what was being practiced was more akin to Harold Hill’s “Think method.” Even Carol Dweck, the researcher who set the recent growth mindset … Continue reading Thinking about thinking

We really are investing in edtech


We are continuing to invest quite a bit of money and resources in edtech. Recently from Forbes: “Last year, David Bainbridge, CEO of UK-based Knowledgemotion, published an article on TechCrunch titled “Edtech is the Next Fintech.” According to Bainbridge, a new education world has begun with investments in edtech set to reach $252 billion globally … Continue reading We really are investing in edtech

Learning is our fountain of youth, with a little sweat


Life long learning seems to be another example of use-it-or-lose-it, especially when combined with exercise. We have known for a while the benefits of exercise on the brain, but the real benefit is when combined with learning. Brain researcher Aga Burzynska studied Olga Kotelko, who began track and field in her late seventies. Olga lived to … Continue reading Learning is our fountain of youth, with a little sweat

First year teachers are not using tech as much as experienced colleagues


Education had dangerous talk in this idea of digital natives fluidly using technology and associating it to other skills. I remember a student teacher finding out the social studies department at one high school did not use textbooks, and he immediately put in a transfer to another high school with the college. Project tomorrow has … Continue reading First year teachers are not using tech as much as experienced colleagues

A more democratic public education


We elect officials that set policy and we elect school board members thinking of public education as democratic but it really does not provide enough autonomy for students and teachers. A more democratic education system might be the remedy for the pathology in public education rather than our current treating of the symptoms. Dr. Christopher Emdin addresses … Continue reading A more democratic public education

Indiana shares data around school choice/vouchers


With one of the largest school voucher program’s in the nation, Indiana released their annual report covering participation and payments. The Indianapolis Star offers the report touts a savings. “For example, a new calculation compares this year’s estimated $146 million cost of school vouchers — also known as choice scholarships — to the hypothetical cost … Continue reading Indiana shares data around school choice/vouchers

Links around personalized learning


Personalized learning is grabbing attention, but there needs to be some thought behind how it is implemented in schools. The current high-stakes testing culture could push some bad uses including the wrong race of teacher against machine. Other educators are warning that their is a difference between personal learning and personalized learning, with the difference being … Continue reading Links around personalized learning

Who is vouching for school vouchers?


I am neither pro or anti voucher even though there is strong visceral feelings and image signaling from educators around this topic. I wonder if it is only treating a symptom of our education disease and that external factors like the internet and population growth have created a dynamic that will far more transform public education. Mostly, I am … Continue reading Who is vouching for school vouchers?

Question the effectiveness of homework and flossing.


You do not need to have a post-modern disposition to question the effectiveness of homework. You likely did as an eight grader and as the parent of an eighth grader late on a Wednesday night. Alfie Kohn has taken the no-homework charge for some time and the message even began to go mainstream.It looks like the … Continue reading Question the effectiveness of homework and flossing.

Cost Disease and Teachers’ Salaries


One of the most vital things schools can do for the success of their students is to recruit and retain the best teachers. Salaries is still brought up as one of the means to accomplish this goal. Another point to consider is that of cost disease in education. Scott Alexander does an excellent job of … Continue reading Cost Disease and Teachers’ Salaries