Knowing Who to Blame Is Not Useful. Addressing the world with the mindset that you are responsible for everything that happens has some considerable advantages. For one thing, much time, effort and energy is wasted arguing about whom or what is responsible. The simple statement, “I am responsible” can completely defuse many highly charged situations […]

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Wouldn’t it be nice if when we were young somebody would teach us that our self-concept is a dynamic and evolving process, and any decisions we make are always subject to later reconsideration and revision. Plus if every time we said “that is not me”, it evoked a discussion of the pluses and minuses of […]

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When we think of education, we often think about reading, writing and arithmetic, but there are other skills, life skills, that many believe are equally valuable. Life skills are usually more tacit than explicit and, therefore, are more difficult to assess than academic skills. Nevertheless, they are still essential and deserve to be taken seriously. […]

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What about Now?

On August 28, 2011 By

I just finished reading the first round of editorials on the Reuters Great Debate blog. So far opinions have been expressed by Steven Brill, Joel Klein, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier, currently senior scholar at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.  Here is what I found out.

Before we can begin to improve our […]

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You Cannot Be Serious!!!

On August 17, 2011 By

California has written into law that the preferred choice for reducing school district costs in the face of budgetary shortfalls is to reduce the length of the school year. At the same time, reducing school district budgets by laying off teachers is precluded by law.

Really!

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A Flaw in No Child Left Behind

On August 11, 2011 By

The No Child Left Behind initiative is a notable effort to establish metrics for our education system so its efficacy can be measured and appropriate corrective measures can be taken when necessary. This sounds like a good idea, and one can wonder why it has taken so long for us to get here. Maybe […]

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Naturally parents want to protect their children, but some of the ways they go about it can lead to problems and actually make their children’s journey to adulthood harder.

It is not easy to sit by and watch your toddler fall repeatedly, yet that is the way they learn to walk. Good parenting means […]

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