On the way to school

An interesting conversation with my oldest unfolded the other morning in the car as I was driving him to Middle School. “What would make school more interesting?” I asked. “Not having school.” was his terse reply. I took this with a  grain of salt since he was in the middle of making up for 10…

Best Intentions

Hundreds of people with good intentions are putting forth their efforts into what is known as education reform. The disappointing irony is how often good intentions can result in destructive unintended consequences. A February 4, 2013 post by Jeff Bryant on the National Education Policy Center website examines a couple of different possible unintended consequences,…

Define Education Reform

So what is this education reform of which you speak?

It’s a great buzz word, isn’t it? And some people have been great at leveraging it to advance their causes. And when tied to the phrase, “for the children,” arguments become Teflon.

That combination in a hypothetical scenario — ” when I work towards education reform,

Educational Reform? Really?

With all of the focus on education reform — no approaches of which seem to be pleasing anyone — what about this for a consideration: we don’t need reform. I’m not saying the current system is perfect, and I’m not saying to become complacent or apathetic, but in most school systems have we simply come…