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Some education issues are like zombies, they just won’t die. Like teaching cursive in schools. Every week brings an article explaining why cursive must be taught in schools, followed quickly by a response as to why it’s a dying skill that needs to be removed from the curriculum. My experience with cursive as a student […]

While traveling this summer I toured an old Victorian jail at night. Very spooky! The lights were turned out and an actor, in character as one of the original jail guards, took us through the jail. He told horrific stories of how the prisoners were treated. The conditions were so bad that when they opened […]

danah boyd is quite clear that teens use social media by default rather than design. Teenagers prefer to spend time together, face to face, but societal changes (e.g. schools outside their neighbourhoods, gated communities, stranger danger and curfew and loitering laws) make it difficult for them to “hang out”. They fill that gap with social  media, connecting online to replace […]

Just as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano signal the start of spring, high school students visiting their elementary school teacher marks the start of the school year. Their first year in high school they come back en masse to reassure themselves you’re still there. Several years ago, in early September, I was talking to an agitated former student. […]

A social media interaction with a school board trustee clarified for me why we need teachers who fail. I suggested that we should be encouraging a more innovative culture in our schools. The trustee snarled “Parents don’t send their children to school to be experimented on” at me. “We need to use proven methods, not just make it up”. His attitude symbolizes a significant contradiction in schools today. We want […]

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