Category Archives: Education

The Courageous Conversations Compass

I came across something interesting in a Professional Development event a while back: the Courageous Conversations Compass. It was used as a method of talking about race. Something I’ve recognized before is how people can talk past one another, and … Continue reading

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This Should Be a Movie

Once upon a time it was controversial to suggest that doctors should wash their hands. The Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis was the first to advocate for the need for this. It did not end well. So Semmelweis hypothesized that there were … Continue reading

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Critical Race Theory

In a recent episode of the New York Times podcast The Argument, there was a discussion about the use of critical race theory in schools, with linguist John McWhorter taking the anti-CRT position, and Michelle Goldberg suggesting that the real … Continue reading

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When Late Assignments Aren’t Penalized

San Diego is overhauling their system of grading in order to fight racism. Among the changes, students will no longer be penalized for handing in late work. “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD … Continue reading

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Incentives and Education

I’ve always had an interest in politics and education, and I’ve noticed the ways policies affect the classroom, especially in performance and funding, in ways officials might not have considered. For example… Basing teacher ratings on an additional test for … Continue reading

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Tableaux from In The Crosswind

For a lesson for my Social Studies class, there’s a portion where the students are to perform tableaux: a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history. There is a slight problem with providing … Continue reading

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Disagreeing without believing the other person is crazy

In political discussions, I’ve sometimes observed a conflation between views someone disagrees with and views they think no reasonable person can hold, when there should be space for views you disagree with but understand can be held by people you … Continue reading

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Reforming Middle School

This was an item I wrote a few years back for a class in my Education Masters program. It was a response to an article suggesting a reform in how middle school classes work, so that teacher teams would work … Continue reading

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Learning From Schools in Other Countries

This was something I wrote for a class on multiculturalism in education, based on an article from the anthology Annual Editions- Education. The main idea of this article is the need for those involved in education in the United States … Continue reading

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The Four Major Curriculum Styles

This was something I wrote for my class on Multiculturalism in Education in response to an article that summarized the four main curriculum styles: Linear Thinkers, Holists, Laissez-Faire advocates and critical theorists. Author Donna Miller’s takeaway is that teachers should be … Continue reading

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