education

School Culture, Educating Citizens, Creating Democracy

Exactly 100 years ago, John Dewey claimed that a purpose for our schools should be the creation of citizens who share the highest values of democracy. Only education can bridge the distance between our “uncivilized” nature and the skills and habits of people who have learned to exist in a […]






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August 4, 2012 Mike Gwaltney curriculum,edreform,education 3 responses

What to Teach is What’s Usually Missing in Ed Reform Debates

So frequently today, we read about the problems of education being about how students are taught – pedagogical theories are debated, teachers’ methods are scrutinized, and charters proliferate based on promises that they’ve found the magic strategy for teaching mastery of standards. Unfortunately, we don’t spend enough time discussing the […]






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Pricing eLearning and the Value of the Online Option

As I was trying to make a dent in the unread count in my Google Reader this weekend, I read a few blog reviews and watched a few highlight videos from the much ballyhooed D10 Conference last month. Of special interest to me was Wall Street Journal’s tech columnist Walt […]






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Anytime, Anywhere, Cheap Brand-Name Professional Development

Perhaps it’s Stanford University’s proximity to Silicon Valley that gives it an innovative bent, or maybe the West Coast Ivy is hoping to capitalize on the experience some faculty have had in recent years opening their classes to a broad audience. Or maybe the school is just trying to avoid […]






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Twitter for Education

UPDATE: See also my post “How to Make a Class Backchannel” I know many teachers and are¬†exploring using Twitter as a learning tool, both for themselves and for their students. Administrators are¬†imagining ways it could be helpful for staff development and for communicating with stake-holders. Here’s a visual to help […]






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