Category: Commentary

Don’t Be (Too) Evil

I am a world history teacher. I am also a modern learning advocate. Among the many things this suggests, it implies I recognize the damage that standardized testing does to our students and our educational system. As a popular infographic posted on 9GAG (of all places) argues, limited homework and limited standardized testing are likely ...

The People We Should Listen To

  In a recent article, Celine Coggins, chief executive officer and founder of Teach Plus, writes that the recent Seattle Testing Boycott opened the door for a constructive discussion in the debate over standardized testing. She's right, and it's a conversation that has been needed for a while. If Jesse Hagopian and the other teachers at ...

Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives.

Study and practice are both very important, but they must go hand in hand. Faith without knowledge is not sufficient. Faith needs to be supported by reason. However intellectual understanding that is not applied in practice is also of little use. Whatever we learn from study we need to apply sincerely in our daily lives. ...

The Law and Lawyers

In May 1954, M. Paul Claussen, Jr., a 12-year-old boy living in Alexandria, Virginia, sent a letter to Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter in which he wrote that he was interested in “going into the law as a career” and requested advice as to “some ways to start preparing myself while still in junior high school.” ...

Under Pressure

Click here and you will navigate to my weekly Scoop.it gazette on modern learning. Although I try to preserve the best stories of the week for the Sunday night edition to give educators and learners some food for thought on Monday mornings (It's even the beginning of the semester for my school tomorrow--once more to the ...