Category Archives: Freedom

How to Not Make Friends

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Want to see me alienate virtually anyone who may be reading this? Schools: You are filled with caring people, but that doesn’t change that you’re a huge institution, and institutions are sociopathic. Your instincts will continue to drive all decisions … Continue reading

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Pay Cash for College…Why You Should, and How You Can

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When I was in High School and college, the advice I got about student loan debt was that it’s good. It’s better than credit card debt, it’ll help build your credit, and without at least a BA you’re going to … 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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Teaching Evolution Without Learning a Thing

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Everyone knows that the number one reason we should send kids to school and not just do it ourselves through some half-baked homeschool program is to ensure proper socialization. School is where all of the worlds’ kids are, so without … Continue reading

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Five Ways Teachers Waste Their Time

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  My name is Brian Huskie, I’m a National Board Certified English teacher, I’ve been teaching for nine years in an urban school district, and I spend an obscene proportion of my day busily wasting time. After some reflection, I … 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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A Response to Steve Hargadon’s August 1st Post

Our national debates aren’t thoughtful, they are for the most part sensationalist and argumentative. Cross political or philosophical lines and there’s an epithet waiting for you. Ask reasonable questions and you’re labeled a “denier,” “skeptic,” or “conspiracy theorist.” Steve Hargadon … 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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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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