Robo-Education

"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." -B. F. Skinner It was just a matter of time. And time’s up. And to think how many Sunday afternoons I sacrificed reading and rating essays. All those margin scribbles ... and all those chin-up, keep-the-faith notes of encouragement. Had I taught in this moment … Continue reading Robo-Education

Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

Someone's gotta lean on the horn. That child's story has the worriment of a damaged adult on the edge. But she's perhaps a hundred months old.  She's an Xbox junkie ... a "gamer" ... found sitting "in a puddle of her own urine ... so hooked ... she wouldn’t even go to the toilet ..." When her father threatened to … Continue reading Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

Because We Listened to a Guy Named Dave

In a very short while … for as far as the eye can see … will stand drive-thru learning centers offering kiosk-educations from a B. F. Skinner touch-screen that will supply the finger-pointer with all they need to succeed in a life of rich monotony. Youngsters will be endlessly nudged in this or that career pathway … Continue reading Because We Listened to a Guy Named Dave

Educational Idiocy

There is no virtue in making children so brave that they might withstand the idiocy of adults. If schools think education is all about testing …. they’ve already forfeited their privilege to enjoy your child. Remember that. This testing madness has the tell-tale symptoms of a sick obsession … a creepy neurosis that screams of … Continue reading Educational Idiocy

Spring Testing – Time For Hardball – An OptOut/WalkOut

“Why do we protest one meaningless test and ignore the real harm being done day after day for years now? Opting out changed nothing for the children.” A Patchogue-Medford, NY, mom And she’s right. Fighting today’s education reform battles with yesterday’s tactics is a feel-good waste of time. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” Remember that. … Continue reading Spring Testing – Time For Hardball – An OptOut/WalkOut

Rushing Them and Crushing Them – Church of Reformed Education

“I had my son at 40 … so I am old enough to remember the way things were.” Pamela Settle Didn't matter.  You were totally unprepared for social and emotional learning, closed reading, frustrating math, social justice curricula, computerized assessments, and college and career ready education. And... of course ... academic kindergarten. This is the … Continue reading Rushing Them and Crushing Them – Church of Reformed Education

Technological Opium Dens

“Our entire universe is probably in a tiny glass jar somewhere, placed on a shelf in some alien child’s room as a science fair project that got a C minus …” Leave it up to a meme … the new technological bumper-sticker … to tutor us about our probable insignificance and immaturity. It’s smart to … Continue reading Technological Opium Dens

GMO Children

There is no virtue in making children so brave that they might withstand the idiocy of adults. If schools think education is all about testing …. they’ve already forfeited their privilege to enjoy your child. Remember that. This testing madness has the tell-tale symptoms of a sick obsession … a creepy neurosis that screams of … Continue reading GMO Children

Cardboard Children

Check your child for neck bolts … the educational Frankensteins are at it again. Forget geography, composition, and math … school is now all about feelings. And emotions. And attitudes. It’s the hot-rage in education … the creepy premise that schools can instill acceptable human emotions and reactions in your child because … I guess … Continue reading Cardboard Children