The unmentionable oppression

On the sixth day of creation God empowered Eve and Adam with naming the animals. Hey, that flying thing, we’ll call that a bird. It’s an ancient lesson in the power of naming conventions, one political people and school reformers have learned well. As people who fight over education and how to define the education world, we …

Teacher of the Year: “I quit”

Even the best teachers get tired of teaching.  The job is taxing enough of its own, but add systemic instability, top-down meddling, and less than stellar administration and you have the grease that speeds teachers toward the exit. In this post republished from Tom Rademacher, an English teacher in Minneapolis, MN., he shares what has pushed …

Stop trying to make teaching simple – it’s not

Teaching is hard work. That should be clear to everyone but the national conversation about instruction and learning often devolves into simplistic “how-to” lists. In this guest post republished from Casey Rutherford’s blog “Learning and Physics.,” he challenges the idea that teaching can be simplified. Instead, it is a journey toward continuous improvement. Casey teaches physics in …

Equity and teaching matters most for student learning

Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education from Stanford University, has broad expertise and vast insights into public education, but her message is essentially this: systemic equity and great teaching matter most. Sadly, American education is getting it wrong on both accounts. Why should we care about her analysis? Simple, after many years of starting and supporting public, …