Suspending Judgment

It was a panel of students, at our before-school meeting, that drove home the point: students want classrooms that are under control. The students - boys, girls, Hispanic, African-American, white, older, younger - were unanimous: get kids out of our classroom who keep us from learning. Immediately after the student panel, we looked at ...

Counting What Counts

When we test the minimum expectations (e.g. Alg I and English I), then we organize our schools around those minimal standards. To raise the expectations for our schools, we need to be accountable for higher standards - students taking advanced coursework; students performing in the arts; students active physically; students prepared for c ...

Renku Pedagogy

My daughter sent me an article by a Japanese biologist, Tatsuo Motokawa: "Sushi Science and Hamburger Science." The article contrasts western thought patterns from Japanese thought patterns as they play out in science (logical conclusions vs. specific observations, theory vs. essence) and religion. Within the article, the author summar ...

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