Wisconsin – A Lesson We Must Keep From Happening Everywhere

I blogged about One Nation and that caught the attention of people who feared that what I wrote was true. They had never seen it put so clearly. The destruction of our basic educational system, mostly in elementary education, will end a cohesive nation and, many think, the American Dream. It is already happening in many states. America, as we know her, cannot be based…

DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL? – LET’S COMPARE

ALMOST ALL DISTRICT SCHOOLS  K-12 – Campus with playing fields, parking, student R&R areas. Bus loading and unloading areas. Library, resource rooms, nurse’s office, counselors offices, classrooms, teachers offices, student and staff rest rooms. Science labs, language labs, physical education gym(s) and PE facilities and playing fields. Teachers meeting/planning areas, central office administration, teacher supervision, and record keeping. Food services. Theater and performing arts center….

The Death of “One Nation”

IT IS NOT AN ACCIDENT that America is One Nation with a common language, shared American culture and values, and an educational system that made certain children in every state received a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, fact-based education based on specific curriculum for every discipline. IT IS NOT AN ACCIDENT that all students were, until recently, educated in a similar way. It didn’t just happen that students…

America Cannot Survive Without Educational Leaders Who Know Our Past, Present and Future Directions And Get Us On The Same Page.

Parents, Educators – all of us who believe in the future of America and a strong public educational system that unites the nation– have not organized around leaders who have the information and knowledge generated by experience that is necessary to counter the destruction of our schools. Teachers are too isolated, some say too independent, to unite around leaders and work for children and the…

Part III: Teachers Will Focus On Expanded Time And The Tools Necessary To Know Each Child

Learning about and mentoring each student is impossible in our outmoded Factory Age schools. That must change.  Today, teachers have the option to use flexible time and virtual space resources – if they can break out of the top-down, coercive models created to train and conform factory fodder. What must be created are schools and educational experiences where the teacher is able to diagnose, prescribe,…

Part II: Stay With The Factory System Schools Of The 20th C. And Be Out Of A Job.

It may be that nothing has changed in the way you teach, but schools, teachers, and methodologies designed and operated on past assumptions will not survive. Doing the same things that seem correct because they are familiar and you have mastered them, will put you out on the street. Teachers doing what worked in the past will change or be by-passed. In the public schools…

Part I: Re-Think Your Role: Are You Shoveling Coal Into The Boiler Of a Sinking Ship?

Our responsibility to provide the education kids need has changed. What worked in the last century may be folly now. With the new tools at our disposal the acquisition of knowledge accelerates in ways we are only beginning to understand. For example: The idea of breaking subjects up into 176 – 42 minute doses is artificial and has no foundation in the principles of effective…

Good Schools Do Not Burn Children’s Bridges Ahead Of Them

The “school choice” cry, which has become the basis for those who proffer charter schools, virtual schools and vouchers as an answer to fixing education, has had a devastating effect on those who are working to improve public education. The idea that parents have studied and know the complexities of training and education, and that they can seek programs for their children that equal the…

Message To Obama And The USDOE From Educators And Parents

We must bypass the hijacked systems which control education and ensure that, with Federal guidelines, states guarantee every student an interdisciplinary comprehensive, fact-based education as the foundation for schooling in the Information and Interactive Age. To build and maintain our nation we must have cohesive principles such as common standards and purpose, not the anarchy of divergent interests taking over our schools to manipulate the…

A Broken Educational System Is National Suicide

Like it or not, we have entered a new age through technological portals so complex they are beyond our individual ability to comprehend. It is not “maybe someday,” or “sometime in the future,” that we must plan for, it is NOW as we enter the second decade of the Information Age and begin to comprehend the Interactive Age. We are already beyond the point of…