Category Archive: education

Start Where the Student Is

Sometimes conversations on education seem out of Groundhog Day–but without the possibilities for improvement.  It’s just the same old merry-go-round.  “Professor X” (an adjunct unwilling to put himself on the line with his… Continue reading

"All Above Average"

Michelle Kennedy Hogan has a neat post in response to Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom.  She writes: I’m afraid the Tiger Mother is too results oriented and if we’ve seen… Continue reading

Growing Stupid

With tens of thousands of new books published each year in the United States alone (not to mention other sources of information–but let’s concentrate on books for this example), the information encountered by… Continue reading

"Just the Facts, Ma’am"

Joe Friday may never  have said that on Dragnet, but maybe he should, today.   On October 17, 2004, The New York Times published a piece by Joe Suskind that contained these paragraphs with… Continue reading

Adding Value?

OK, I’m confused. All these people keep talking about ‘value added’ as a means of rating teachers. If a teacher is shown to improve student test scores more than the average teacher does,… Continue reading

The Wrong Standards

The very idea of standards is backward looking–even when standards are necessary. It cannot be otherwise: It’s impossible to measure the future, and standards are based on measurement; that is, they can take… Continue reading

The Keller Method, Updated: One Possible Way for Improving Higher Education

How might universities and colleges be structured to reflect the needs of the 21st century? Nothing I could suggest is going to be perfect, or even practical. But change is needed. Our present… Continue reading

Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

David Horowitz rails against the ‘indoctrination’ of American students by radical leftist professors. He isn’t the only one—it’s quite common to hear how universities are subverting the beliefs of youth. Problem is, it… Continue reading

Don’t Include Me in Your We, Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish has noticed that both David Horowitz and Ward Churchill (and Norman Finkelstein and Cornell West, among others) are conservatives when it comes to education. Well, yes. This has been one of… Continue reading

Make Motivation First

There’s only one thing wrong with testing—and that is that testing alone cannot improve education. It’s that simple, really. And we’ve all heard it said. Yet it seems to be the one thing… Continue reading