Category Archives: Personalized Education

You Are Going to Die

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One of the most common questions students will ask me, when they find out I was in Iraq, is, are you any different? Are you crazy now? Well, I was crazy before I signed up. I am different, though it … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Grades is to Bribe and Threaten

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  Here’s your homework assignment. Ask a dozen teachers, what is the purpose behind grading students? I don’t know for sure what they’ll tell you, but whatever they say it will likely fall into one of three categories. The first … Continue reading

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The Marble Sorting Factory Model of Education

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It seems to be in vogue to describe public education as the “factory model” having sprung from the “industrial revolution.” That’s a vague and unfair way to characterize a factory, and insinuates that nothing of value happens at factories. Some … Continue reading

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What High School Could Learn From Dave Ramsey

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“The thing I have discovered about working with personal finance is that the good news is that it is not rocket science. Personal finance is about 80 percent behavior. It is only about 20 percent head knowledge.” ~Dave Ramsey   … Continue reading

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Love, Responsibility, and Freedom

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After my first semester at college I jumped into a car with a bunch of guys and drove to a state park a half hour away. I can’t remember if I knew what the mission was, but it was late … Continue reading

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High Standards

“Some people say we have to raise standards as if this is a breakthrough. Like really, yes, we should. Why would you lower them?” Sir Ken Robinson  “The task of teaching is never quantifiable. If everything I learned in High School is a measurable objective, I haven’t learned … Continue reading

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Kids Aren’t Sick, You Aren’t the Cure

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use … Continue reading

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When it comes to education

I’m responding to a challenge by Scott Mcleod: When it comes to education, what are the five things we have to stop pretending? My contribution: That compliance is the same as engagement. That a teenager is a “child” who isn’t ready for … Continue reading

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To the College Bound

“A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.” Jiddu Krishnamurti   You shouldn’t go to college. Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. It’s a waste … Continue reading

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The State

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. … Continue reading

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What Knowledge Is

“…ledge, the second element in the word knowledge, means sport. Knowledge is the result of playing with that we know, that is, with our facts. A knowledgeable person in science is not, as we are often want to think, merely … Continue reading

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Diversity

“But I have said enough. I hope you will treasure up the instructions which I have given you, and make them a guide to your feet and a light to your understanding. Build your character thoughtfully and painstakingly upon these … Continue reading

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She Cheated on an Opinion Question

“We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids to truly competent adults, and by giving each student what … Continue reading

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