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The struggle between these two poles in education, between Back to Basics and the Progressive education has been raging for centuries. What we believe about them is the most fundamental question about education. Are we trying to help students fit the world or create a new world that fits them?

“May we exist like a lotus, At home in the muddy water.” Zen Buddhist saying. I was recently contacted by a mainstream media outlet. They were covering a contentious education topic and wondered if I’d contribute. After a few minutes talking with a producer it became obvious what they wanted. They were looking for someone to […]

I’ve watched The Wire multiple times and feel it has a lot to say about education and teaching. Here are five lessons I’ve spotted.

An article in the Wall Street Journal has re-started public discussion on why so many students are taking medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s a thorny issue with implications for the kind of schools we have, the kind of schools we want and how we view students and their learning. New research, conducted by […]

The gap between those who think schools’ main function is to prepare students for work and those who have other, “loftier” goals is the great divide in educational discourse.

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