Monthly Archives: June 2011

Reform Rhetoric

 Most of the reform proposals start with statements of concerns about accountability, incompetent teachers, low student performance and assumptions that education and teacher education are broken and need to be fixed. More insidiously, they suggest that unions and teachers only … Continue reading

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Influence of Ideology and the Media

The pundits, politicians and philanthropists’ stories and storylines dominate the media. When an Arne Duncan or Bill Gates speak, the people listen and accept what they say as true, whether their statements are true or not. They and ideologically driven … Continue reading

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On Other Perspectives

 Why not consider a scientific perspective? The method used by science to investigate reality relies the scientific method, which generally includes some experimentation that is subject to external validation and verification. The value of any thought or discovery must be … Continue reading

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On the Reformers’ Perspectives

Now that I have shared some of my biases and background, I would like to briefly explore what I feel seems to the filters or lenses with which some reformers are viewing education. Education is seen as an economic concern: … Continue reading

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On My Perspective

Like others, I bring a perspective and worldview that has been influenced by many factors and biases. To better understand and evaluate my position and the basis of my beliefs, some background is in order. I believe teaching is a … Continue reading

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On Views of Reality

Our perceptions of reality are mediated. Those perceptions are formed by the input we receive from our environment. We also interpret and see the world through different cognitive lenses or worldviews. Because of our varying personalities and backgrounds, we also … Continue reading

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Educational Reform: Introduction

Every person deserves a good education. It is a basic human right that should be extended to every person on earth. To accomplish this needed requirement for the advancement of the best interests of the world, education does need to … Continue reading

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