Category Archives: Culture

“Small Class Size” Is a Misguided Fetish

“I believe in small class size,” said the politician. All the parents and teachers nodded. Small class: good. Large class: bad, right? No, actually.  Please follow and like us:

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Schoolyard Nastiness and Democracy

I too despair at watching my president stoop to schoolyard nastiness.  —David Leonhardt, New York Times, June 30, 2017 Why do we expect our democracy to function better than our schoolyard? Because we don’t get what should be going on … Continue reading

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Decision-Making: The Key Variable in School Culture

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain Making schooling educational requires changing school culture. School reform keeps failing not because of standards or curriculum or poverty or parents or privatization or technology or tests or … Continue reading

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Something American Schools Can Learn from Japan: You Matter

You Matter The minute I appeared in the front hall of Kugayama School the receptionist got up from behind his desk, opened the glass door of the administrative offices and came out to greet me with a smile, a bow … Continue reading

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Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What … Continue reading

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