We Are Not In Kansas Any More

For at least the last decade I (and many others) have been focusing your attention on our "rapidly changing world".  Education writ large has been remarkably slow in adapting to this rate of change, at least until now.  Last spring I wrote about the nature of exponential rates of change, and how that acceleration is [...]

By | 2021-01-15T16:28:25+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Strategy Now Focuses on Change

Nothing could be more true for K-12 education than this by a team of seasoned management consultants writing in the MIT Sloan Management Review: A fundamental assumption underlying traditional approaches to strategy is that industry boundaries and economics remain broadly stable over time. This assumption is no longer realistic... Change, not stability, are the key [...]

The Richest 45-Minutes of Educator Collaboration?

  As many of you know, in October John Gulla of the EE Ford Foundation and I launched "If Not Now?" a free, monthly meet-up where we host an especially provocative guest within a fast, interactive 45-minute format.  You can still register for future sessions here; we have an outstanding set of guests and topics [...]

By | 2020-12-16T20:51:21+00:00 December 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Twilight Of the Age Of Reason?

Reason has been a key tool in the human tool chest for untold millennia. For about 500 years, reason has been amplified by the rise of science.  What I think many people fail to understand is that science and reason are not about proving an absolute truth. They are about gathering a body of evidence that [...]

By | 2020-12-02T16:51:31+00:00 December 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Classroom Resources: Separating Fact From Fiction

"Information Literacy is THE critical education mission now and well into the future".  Superintendent Ken Wallace is shouting what so many of us are feeling at this moment of balance in our nation's history, and perhaps in the arc of human history.  For millenia, humanity has struggled with what to believe, with contrary narratives from [...]

By | 2020-11-21T16:34:05+00:00 November 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Time To Plan For Post-Pandemic

It is time to plan for the beginning of the end of the pandemic.  With the still-tentative, but growing good news about vaccines, we can hope with some degree of confidence that, after what is about to be a very rough winter, some degree of normalcy may begin to return in the spring.  For schools, [...]

By | 2020-11-16T16:26:19+00:00 November 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Is the Cost of Democracy?

Roughly $265, for me, on this weekend.  That is the approximate cost of gas and hotel to drive and stay in Phoenix to volunteer as a poll observer this weekend.  The role of observers is to watch for, and report, anything untoward at a polling place, and I both hope and expect it will be [...]

By | 2020-10-24T14:22:13+00:00 October 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An American Rubicon: Watching History Unfold

Education is about passing along the lessons of the past to better prepare our students for the future. I believe we are seeing one of the most profound moments in our nation's history play out in real time, a tipping point that may well spell the end of the Great American Experiment.  While most of [...]

By | 2020-10-12T15:11:02+00:00 October 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Educators: Unite Around Reality of Climate Change

Wildfires in the North American west, increased frequency of hurricanes in the American south and flooding in the midwest, all have one thing in common: heat transfer.  For the remaining climate change deniers, there is only one real question left: will this new normal last decades, or much, much longer? As a geology student at [...]

By | 2020-09-14T15:41:22+00:00 September 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments