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

Bad Decisions Make Bad Stories

Bad decisions make bad stories. Is anyone floored that schools are the new mother-lode for slobbering hedge-funders and tech magnates? Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Oil … move on ... it’s Big Ed Tech's turn. "Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by … Continue reading Bad Decisions Make Bad Stories

National Database Clearinghouse: Google Pizza Runs Your Life

Guest Post; The following CALLER & GOOGLE excerpt has been floating in cyberspace with different versions since 2007. Original author unknown. The final paragraph was added by Michelle as a timely reminder that should probably be sent to Federal Legislators and State Boards of Education and perhaps local boards. Maybe they will care when this … Continue reading National Database Clearinghouse: Google Pizza Runs Your Life

“Academic Kindergarten”

Please make it stop. Has everyone in education gone mad? “Academic kindergarten”? It’s worse than it sounds. Is anyone else stunned-numb at this? This edu-speak? This academic newspeak that oozes out of these clinical dissections of how children learn? It never stops. Another day, another brain-bruising study … and another tried-and-true bit of educational common … Continue reading “Academic Kindergarten”

What’s Happened To Us?

What's happened to us? How did we sink into such an ugly circumstance that we dare use words like “grit and rigor” in the same sentence as “child”? Who thought that was a good idea? And who permissioned that so-called “good idea” to become part of childhood education? Childhood has no reality. It’s not supposed … Continue reading What’s Happened To Us?

Make It Stop!

Look how cavalier we’ve become about childhood. How liberally we allow others to guinea-pig our children … and how uncourageous we are in their protection. Too many reckless people toy with their innocence, tamper with their sexuality, and monkey around with their learning. Too many are too determined to over-water their brains … and starve … Continue reading Make It Stop!

We’re Doing This All Wrong.

We’re doing this all wrong. Some day .... somehow … education will discover a proper obsession.   Until then … children will suffer these testing-despots … and too many adults will make believe it’s all okay. And it’s not. But let’s be certain about this … there are some things in life that just can't … Continue reading We’re Doing This All Wrong.