Category Archives: Excellence

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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How Will Education Reform?

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. —Mark Twain Education Reform won’t succeed until schools do what computers can’t. Because Sara was home sick for a week in October of her eighth grade year, her parents bought software … Continue reading

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So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

“I have a proclamation: Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It’s not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn’t wrong study it. “Let today be the last day … Continue reading

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Relationships are the Key to Performance not Ability

We all want our children to “work up to their ability,” but how do we measure that? Traditionally, one starts by “evaluating” the child to determine a “baseline” of ability. The problem is that such results are artificial and distort … Continue reading

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To Get Results, Schools Must be in the Friendship Business

Father: “It is so hard to get the kids out of the house in the morning, Freda and Matt keep fighting. This sibling rivalry is driving me crazy, but I don’t want them to be late to school.” Advice from … Continue reading

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