Reforming Assumptions

I consider my blog a place to work out not‐​quite‐​crystallized thoughts and start conversations. This post is an example of a topic that I need to wrestle with, and I’m looking for your help to do so. I wrote the other day about how Educon challenged...

Why We Still Need Public Education

Thomas Jefferson invented public education, the purpose of which, he said in a letter to John Tyler in 1810, is “to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom.” He believed that education of all children, not just those whose...

Which Side of the Fence Is In?

Fences exist to separate the things inside from the things outside. They provide a boundary to define and separate space, and safety for those inside. Teachers and administrators put up both literal and metaphorical fences in schools. Rules, firewalls,...

The Future of Gifted Education

The third post in our summer series on gifted education comes from Jerry Blumengarten, better known to many as Cybrary Man (@cybraryman1 on Twitter). Cybrary Man taught several subjects over 32 years in one of the toughest areas of NYC, the last...

Help Define "21st Century Education"

One of the things that has drawn me to the particular collection of educators whom I follow on Twitter is that they have a passion for helping students learn better. Over the last couple of years, I have heard and participated in a lot of...

Consumer-Driven Education

I had a wide‐​ranging conversation over coffee the other day with David Timony (@drtimony on Twitter). One of the things that came up was the idea of students as consumers. David is doing research about what constitutes an expert teacher, focusing on teacher...