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Freedom. Shared Power

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That which renders us powerless, and what to do about it*

Note: This was originally posted at http://www.educatedtodeath.com I am an educator, and a staunch supporter of public education and teachers. However, I find it increasingly difficult to support a system(s) that, from the moment it accepts a child, seeks to disable any critical spirit of humanity and replace it with an eternal need that can … Continue reading

Do It From The Classroom

This week’s Cooperative Catalyst blog question mirrors an #Edchat twtpoll question:  How can teachers have a bigger influence on education reformation? One of my favorite songs relatively early in my career was by Whitney Houston, called: “Greatest Love Of All“ It began with these words: I believe the children are our are future Teach them … Continue reading

Empowering Self-Directed Learners

Many of you who read my personal blog know that I became a teacher because of a specific event that “wounded” me as a young child.  In trying to answer this week’s cooperative catalyst question, “How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey?” I … Continue reading

Is ANYBODY not Wounded By School?

That’s a sincere question. I’m wondering if any of us escape from our at least 10 years of schooling unscathed? For this week’s blog, we all agreed to read the book Wounded By School by Kirsten Olsen and write about it. The author says, in the introduction, “Because of school’s long, powerful presence in our … Continue reading

Schools Must Become Democratic Institutions

In a democracy, public education should promote models and policies for schools that provide students direct, personal experience with democratic ideals of choice, equality, freedom, and shared power. As much as we want to “teach content” and “cover curriculum,” we can’t drop out of the sky into students’ pre-exisitng communities and the midst of their … Continue reading

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