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This article, my first in four years, is a response to an L.A. court judge’s ruling that teacher tenure is not only unconstitutional, but is also one of the causes of student social, academic, and professional failure.  The case was discussed in an article from the Huffington Post.  Here I exhaustively argue that tenure should be protected, and that the real causes of student social, academic, and professional failure have nothing to do with tenure, although they are systemic in nature.

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This article is a response to the anti-military protest staged by two teachers at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, during a commemorative assembly on June 11, 2010.  It argues that the demonstration of Marybeth Verani and Adeline Koscher was (1) misguided on the basis of a naive understanding of the function of a national military, and (2) simply disrespectful towards the students being honored.

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This article argues that certain methods of mass indoctrination and control typically associated with totalitarian regimes, when implemented properly, do not have to be used for acts of hate or aggression.  Such methods would in fact be highly effective in generating a strong sense of school pride, thereby increasing the students’ commitment to abstract ideas of loyalty, and to school- and state-wide initiatives in which they do not necessarily have a personal vested interest.

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Daniel Pink, 17 April 2008. Photo by Guy Holden.

Click the link below for a 10-minute animation sequence of part of an outstanding speech by Daniel Pink about motivation in the workplace.  This is a fantastic speech in itself, and the animation makes it that much more fun to sit through.  I am definitely going to be following up more on this speaker.  There are some real classroom applications here as well.

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Please also pay your respects to photographer Guy Holden, whose piece serves as the beautiful accompaniment to this post.


This article recounts two incidents of student brushes with extreme violence in their community.  Then it proceeds to argue that a single list of educational goals imposed upon an entire state (i.e. Content Standards) is an inefficient method for educating a society with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, especially in low-income, crime-ridden sectors.

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This article springboards off recent allegations of academic fraud levied against late historian Stephen E. Ambrose to form the basis of an argument against the infallibility of traditional academic sources of information and in favor of the digital proliferation of knowledge and creativity, especially via the free on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia.org.

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This article is an endorsement for Richard Hawksworth and his company, Media Rich Learning, which specializes in producing documentary films that align with national and state teaching standards.

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This article is the final installment in a seven-part series that implores teachers to abandon their attachment to outdated, oppressive, and arbitrary control issues, in the name of harboring a more positive, fostering learning environment.  Each part of the series focuses on a different aspect of control.  Part 7 focuses on hostility.

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This article is the sixth in a seven-part series that implores teachers to abandon their attachment to outdated, oppressive, and arbitrary control issues, in the name of harboring a more positive, fostering learning environment.  Each part of the series focuses on a different aspect of control.  Part 6 focuses on the tendency for teachers to distance themselves from their students by feigning emotional invulnerability and flawless behavior.

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This article is the fifth in a seven-part series that implores teachers to abandon their attachment to outdated, oppressive, and arbitrary control issues, in the name of harboring a more positive, fostering learning environment.  Each part of the series focuses on a different aspect of control.  Part 5 focuses on the aspect of homework.

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