Category: Education

School Futures

Schools dominate our systems of education. But schools are not an essential system. In the absence of schools, education would still go on but it would be very different from we now, almost universally conceive to be “education.” It is imperative that society take a step back from schools and schooling to explore alternatives and…



Ecopoetry; Another Truth?

What is TRUTH? Maybe it is ONLY what mathematics does and what mathematicians decide through exhaustive argument. If so, what part of mathematics is absolute truth and what is tentative truth. What is close enough? Statistics, after all, is our way of dealing with uncertainty. Is something true, if you don’t understand it; cannot explain…



STEM is not …

STEM is not STEaM or STEaMie. STEM is reserved for corporate workforce development. There is no room at the top for Art in STEAM or Including Everyone in STEAMIE. STEM is first and always elite. Pass a year or two of college calculus if you want admission to anything beyond third grade. Of course that…




Video Connecting

There is a lot going on in the video conferencing space. Some of it is malicious hacking (cracking) into video meetings and the linkages are a vulnerable entry point for mischief. With schools I suspect that there is some rebellion not materially different than when we were in high school. I know all of you…




The Wall

I’m not talking here about the wall across the US-Mexican border. What I will talk about is the barrier that has long existed in the US regarding the use of public funds for private schools. My inclination is to argue that the maintenance of this funding wall is essential for education’s future reform. I hold…




School Athletics

Making sure athletes in college are maintaing an adequate grade point average has long been supported by tutors employed by the athletic department. Now it has been reported by EdWeek that a school district near Cincinnati has followed the college example for high school athletes. It might be hard to object to this extraordinary effort…




Dialogue

The following paragraphs may provide an explanation for dialogue. In conversation I frequently make a reference to dialogue and make a distinction between dialogue and discussion. Dialogue is a learning conversation between two or more people. Learning conversations are based on each party seeking information and a new level of understanding. This is greatly facilitated…




3-30-3

Action to Make a Difference Years back, I read about a modestly important author, actually a lawyer as I recall, who wrote a couple of novels while waiting for his wife to get dressed for social events. Using those bits of time that crop up almost daily could fuel a revolution if enough people used…




Growing Biology

Here’s what I’ve been reading and thinking about this past week. I suppose that if I am labeling myself as a writer, it is incumbent to show some of the writing, which I do, way too occasionally, on my Blog TGIF Any Day. I hope you will follow some of what is below. Your feedback…



Public Science Cafe

Education’s Ecology knows no bounds. Experience and engagement are primary but vicarious glimpses into the work of scientists is not only enlightening but may be motivational. At least it can provide insight about the thinking that goes into good science. Public Science Cafes are a path that anyone can follow. Science on Tap in Ashland…