Are You a Pretend Parent?

Are you a pretend parent? If that questions bothers you, well … It’s never a bad thing to have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Maybe you’re too caught up in your own thing … or life's become tangled ... so your kid’s education has slipped into auto-pilot. You're not alone. But if that first sentence grabbed … Continue reading Are You a Pretend Parent?

Gates & Zuckerberg Partner-What Could Go Wrong?

BIG PHILANTHROPIES EXPLORE NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signaled interest this week in funding research to improve student outcomes in writing, math and executive function. Through a request for information  PostedTuesday, the philanthropies are seeking "promising ideas" on the way students learn … Continue reading Gates & Zuckerberg Partner-What Could Go Wrong?

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

Baby PISA

This moment of pedagogical abuse sits at the feet of mothers and fathers across America. There is now enough reform history that cannot be denied. If this comes to pass, parents own the moment. This is what happens when parents become self-absorbed, uncurious, and lazy. When they are so full-up in their own moments that they … Continue reading Baby PISA

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

“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?