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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

May 05, 2017

Looking for a Cure for Educational Exhaustion

Is anyone else exhausted? I know I am. But we had an ideologue on our campus this week and, oddly enough, I think he has helped point a way forward.

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.

October 04, 2016

The Teacher Retirement Hoax

One of the most persistent, and frustrating, myths in education is the myth of the fatcat teacher stealing precious school dollars to sock away in her gold-plated pension fund. Don't believe it. You might be the victim of a hoax.

August 26, 2016

Pay Teachers More? Of Course We Should

There is an old argument about teaching and teacher pay making the rounds, masquerading as a powerful new insight. The argument is that improving the working conditions of teachers is more important than raising teacher pay. Come on now.

August 22, 2016

Rethinking the School Calendar and Everything Else

I'm not reflexively opposed to the idea of changing the traditional school calendar, and I'm not married to the idea that summer vacation, in particular, must be protected at all costs. What are some other alternatives?

July 10, 2016

In Praise of Summer Vacation

It's that time of year, finally: school's out, for most of us, and we can start thinking about how to use the time wisely. I wish everybody had the same opportunities I have.

June 18, 2016

Educating Our Low-Information Politicians About Education Policy

People have been complaining that education hasn't been a more significant topic of conversation in the presidential race. Is this because the people running are ignoring it, or because they don't know what they're talking about?

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.

May 29, 2016

The Trouble With Grit

Grit mania is serving up yet another in a long line of supposedly groundbreaking new insights that promise to change everything about the way we educate our kids. Should we be a little more skeptical?

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