An Interesting Take On the Student Loan Crisis

(Source: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax) This is 2018, and about three years ago, we were hearing some pretty dire stories in the media about the student loan crisis.  One of them from The Motley Fool (http://www.fool.com) is titled, “The Student Loan Crisis is Here, and It’s Pretty Scary” (http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/19/the-student-loan-crisis-is-here-and-its-pretty-sca.aspx).  The story was published […]

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The Principal’s Role Today Is Not the Same As It Was In the Past

“As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be” does not apply to the role of the principal of a school. In the days of the one-room schoolhouse, there was only one teacher.  She taught all of the students in the community.  There was no “grade” level; the teacher made sure that […]

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Ahmed’s Clock: A Project That Tells Much More Than Time

In 2015, most of the world had heard about Ahmed Mohamed, the 9th grader in Texas who was arrested after bringing a clock to school that, to school administration, looked like it could be an explosive device.  The issue has sparked a controversy as was explained in an article in The Washington Post.  (Perhaps it’s […]

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Five Big Ideas in Education That Don’t Work

Every now and then, an absolutely great idea comes along.  When it does, and it’s brought to the marketplace, the market (that is, the audience it is released to) will ultimately decide if it is a great idea, or if it’s not.  If it’s a great idea, like the iPhone, it will be embraced, and […]

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The Five R’s of Education

Let’s take a little trip back in time, about 13 years, to 2005.  At that time, I attended a conference of the International Center for Leadership in Education (http://www.leadered.com) held in Nashville, TN.  Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., is Founder and Chairman of the organization, which advocates for a framework of Rigor and Relevance in the […]

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Have you heard it recently said that the teachers at your school make up the “Learning Team?”  Or, that the “Administration Team” will be having a meeting on Friday morning?  Or, perhaps, if you’re a teacher, you’ve been placed on a “team” with some of your colleagues to focus on important items in your school, […]

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Both Sides Now?

Perhaps you can recall the Joni Mitchell song where she looked at clouds, life, and love from both sides, and after experiencing both sides of the issue, comes to the conclusion that she really doesn’t know clouds, life and love at all. That’s because the premise of the song is flawed; there are not two […]

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“You Mean I Have to Learn Something New?” vs. “Creating Life-Long Learners”

This article could apply to any field of employment today, not just education.  The “Other duties as assigned” clause at the end of most job descriptions has been used to both expand employees horizons as well as provide cause for termination. Many schools today have a stated goal of creating life-long learners.  Teachers realize the […]

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Management vs. Leadership

If you’ve been looking for a new and more effective task management app for your mobile phone or tablet, you may have noticed a trend in what’s being offered in the App Store or Play Marketplace.  Many of these apps are geared to “team” productivity, designed not just for use by one person, but for […]

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“Metalearning:” Learning Styles and the Potential Workplace Disconnect

Several years ago, I attended a session at an educational conference which focused on special needs students, and the importance of measuring the ability of the student, rather than the disability of the student.  It was quite invigorating, as the presenter shared techniques to assist students with dyslexia, autism and other diagnoses, emphasizing the accommodations […]

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