Technology: Putting the Business of Education Out of Business?

Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in schools: One-to-one initiatives, giving a computer or tablet to every student in the school, and potentially replacing textbooks; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, allowing the school to protect itself from having to repair, service, or replace expensive technology, as well as absolve itself from potential inappropriate […]

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A New Model: Teacher-Led Mini-Schools

Homeschooling seems to be a growing trend.  According to a report from Education News in May 2012, homeschooling has continued to grow due to the dissatisfaction with the public school system (Source: http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/number-of-homeschoolers-growing-nationwide/. Accessed 4.13.2019). The article also states that the cost of homeschooling is about $600 a year compared to the nearly $10,000 per […]

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Early Adopters: Cognitive or Affective?

Several years ago, a clothing store which used the slogan, “An educated consumer is our best customer,” filed for bankruptcy.  An “off-price” retailer, Syms began in 1958, incorporated in 1983, and, in November of 2011, it filed for bankruptcy and all stores were closed at the end of that year.  The Sy Syms Foundation, however, […]

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Assessing Your Multiple Intelligences

Some thought-provoking articles are lined up for the weeks ahead, and today’s kicks it off! Multiple intelligence assessment has changed over the years.  Interestingly while other assessments don’t change much over time (like the Myers-Briggs profile), it’s been recognized that multiple intelligence assessments were being used in ways that Howard Gardner never intended: https://www.edutopia.org/article/multiple-intelligences-theory-widely-used-yet-misunderstood Multiple […]

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Bullying Isn’t Acceptable In Schools – But It Seems To Be Acceptable In Adults

(Original article published in March, 2016; updated for March, 2019) At least, that’s what the media is teaching our society.  Check out these Web resources, and see if you find the dysfunction.  Begin by visitng http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/stamp-out-bullying/ Pay close attention to the section that says, “What Are the Signs That My Child Is a Bully?”  Keep […]

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“The Advantage”

Consultant Patrick Lencioni published a book about three years ago called, “The Advantage.”  In it, he speaks about what gives an organization or business an “advantage” over another.  In a nutshell, the advantage is “Organizational Health.”  It’s all those things that can’t be measured. Business leaders like when they can share positive new with “the […]

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Would You Like Fries With That?

According to TeacherPortal (http://www.teacherportal.com/teacher-salaries-by-state/, accessed 3.9.2019), the average starting teacher salary in the United States (with data from 2012-2013) is $35,641. There is also a movement afoot to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  That would translate to a $30,000 a year salary…which is still below what the starting teacher makes.  But… An […]

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The Problem is the Wrong Solution

Take a look at the graphic that accompanies this text.  At first glance, you may think that just by rearranging the shapes, the “whole” now has a “hole.”  But if you look very, very closely, you’ll see that the hypotenuse lines are not the same.  Superimposing the two triangles shows a difference in the lines.  […]

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Privacy v. Security v. Technology

Most people believe there are two paths to follow – the stairway to heaven or the highway to hell; the high road or the low road; life or death.  In many cases, this can be true.  However, it’s important to realize that sometimes, there may be only one correct choice amid a number of paths […]

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The Red X

More and more education professionals and experts are advocating discontinuing use of the red pen when “correcting” tests, evaluations, quizzes, or whatever they’re calling assessments today.  Visit http://www.priceless-teaching-strategies.com/red-pencil.html for one such article.  Do a search on “Throw away your red pen” and you’ll find more articles about it. The point is that tests marked with […]

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