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July 04, 2017

Teach Your Students Well: This Land Is Their Land

July 4 is a great time to reflect on what our democratic experiment has accomplished so far. It's an even better time to think about what we have left to accomplish.

November 16, 2016

Is It Appropriate for Teachers to Discuss Politics in School?

It's not always easy, or comfortable, to have conversations about controversial topics but we have to be willing to do it. We have to create conditions that normalize discussion of politics in public spaces instead of treating politics as a topic to be avoided at all costs. Our schools are not currently well suited to accomplishing this task but they can be reformed if we want them to be.

November 10, 2016

Processing the Triumph of Trump

For many of us the election on Tuesday was devastating--not just personally, but in a much larger way. What can we do to fight the forces that made that outcome possible?

September 05, 2016

Fixing the School Start-Time Problem

We should make it easier for kids to go to school and get something out of it, even if it means making a few sacrifices on our part. As it stands the choices we make now too often do the opposite. We can do better than that.

June 10, 2016

The Character Education We Need

I should probably stop short of saying this will be the last thing I have to say about grit—never say never—but I think this will be the last thing I have to say about grit. Maybe.

December 18, 2015

World-Religion Assignment Sparks Fury

Some angry parents in Augusta County, Virginia, shut down their local schools to make sure their kids wouldn't be indoctrinated into Islam. We really need to talk about what's happening in social studies class.

October 12, 2015

It's Time to End the Curriculum Wars

Is anybody else tired of the politics of division and wedge issues? Tired of the curriculum wars? Me too. Let's end this thing.

July 24, 2015

Going on Vacation, in a Contrary Mood

I'm going on vacation—but, first, a little rumination on what I hope will happen while I'm gone.

April 07, 2015

Social Studies Is Dead; Long Live Social Studies!

A former student of mine stopped in yesterday with a story to tell—and a good one, at that.



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