The Three Issues In Education Which No One Talks About – Part 1

This week’s and next weeks’ articles focus on three issues no one seems to talk about when discussing education and the difficulties we’re experiencing by preparing changing children in a changing society for a changing future which is completely unpredictable. Everyone knows that the current education system provided an adequate to excellent preparation for the […]

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Paddling Kids in School? Yes, It’s Still Permitted in Some States

There aren’t many things that surprise me these days, but there are lots of things that cause a great deal of sadness and angst, and those that cause great excitement.  That’s one of the reasons why this site breaks up the word “education” as it does.  “Edu” for things pertaining to learning;  “Cat” because of […]

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Your Brain Needs a Break

A couple of years ago, Edutopia.com published a blog post titled “Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices.  If you’d like to access it, visit this link:  https://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-breaks-focused-attention-practices-lori-desautels Think about our schedules in school.  They always had a break – they called it “changing classes.”  After 45 minutes or so, you’d pack up your […]

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Happy New Year!!

While today is most commonly known as April Fools Day, this used to be New Year’s Day back in the day.  When the calendar was changed to celebrate the new year on January 1st, people who wished others a Happy New Year on April 1 were called April Fools. So today, rather than focusing on […]

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The Unspoken Problem With Education

With all the controversies surrounding education today, we seem to be having trouble finding where to place blame.  Certainly teachers are an easy scapegoat, since if children aren’t achieving properly, then there must be something wrong with what they’re doing (or not doing).  Administrators also get their share of the blame, since their salaries are […]

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The Devos Irony

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as our nation’s new Secretary of Education unleashed a firestorm of criticism.  Many call her “unqualifed,” and there has been talk about eliminating the position!  But let’s think about three things – one in our nation’s history, one that happened about 8 years ago, and one that’s happening right now […]

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The Effect of Education on Today’s Teachers

It seems that everyone is experiencing a shortage today.  In our culture of abundance (and if you don’t believe that, walk into any grocery or pharmacy today and rather than looking for something, take a moment to realize just how much is around you), we focus on what we don’t have.  Job seekers don’t have […]

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The Effect of Education on Today’s Students

The modern public school in this nation was created to establish an informed electorate, so they could vote for qualified individuals to lead the nation. Obviously, that’s failed. Today’s post-modern education borrowed leadership models from the military so that students would be prepared to serve in the military or in the workplace where time changes […]

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Perhaps the Answer to Improving Modern Education Can Be Found in Classical Education

As public school leaders, administrators, staff and teachers continue to grapple with improving the achievement levels of students, preparing them to be able to succeed in an uncertain future, perhaps we should look to the past to be able to move forward, and revisit how learning was delivered in an earlier time.  Rather than simply […]

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Why You Should Be Afraid of Common Core

While having a common set of educational constructs to set a “minimal” benchmark for educational achievement sounds like a good idea, the real issue surface when you dive into what that really means. Are we aiming for the minimum, rather than encouraging students to achieve to their maximum potential. School administrators and teachers will say, […]

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