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First-ish Principal Observations About Education

March 23, 2016


I’ve recently started putting together presentations about the educational research and work I’ve been doing toward The Puzzle School over the last few years. During that time I’ve been able to explore a large number of diverse educational environments. From that exploration I’ve made some observations that are as close to “first principles” as I […]

Traditional Education Is Like Arranged Marriage

April 20, 2014


I have a theory that arranged marriages actually work relatively well if certain conditions are met: The society must be very supportive of the arranged marriage, almost pressuring the couple to make it work. The couple must believe in it and be committed to making it work. Both people getting married must never have met […]

Learning Is fun. Don’t Force it. You’re Ruining It.

April 8, 2014


We all know this. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, if you’re being forced to do it it will be less enjoyable. Best case scenario? You may still enjoy it, but you’ll be a little confused about whether you’re doing it for yourself or for someone else. That alone can be a significant distraction. When […]

Raw Teaching

March 7, 2014


If you are an educator and haven’t read Justin Aion’s blog then I highly recommend it. He’s providing a great deal of transparency and thought in to the raw emotions that he, as a teacher, goes through on a daily basis. It’s a pretty rough experience report. Here’s one example of a day where you […]

Forcing Others To Do Things

March 4, 2014


I fundamentally believe in letting children do what they want. I’ve never experienced a situation where it felt effective to force a child to do something against their will. Sometimes it is necessary much like it is necessary for the government to force citizens to pay taxes (with my daughter this usually revolves around messes, […]

Falling Asleep in Biology

February 17, 2014


When I was in high school I used to fall asleep at my desk. I’ve always had trouble staying awake when asked to sit still and listen. I still struggle with it a great deal, but luckily I’m rarely forced to sit still in the same manner that I had to do every day in […]

Interesting Literacy Statistics

January 15, 2014


I’ve been reading through John Taylor Gatto’s Underground History of Education in America which was published in 2000. It has some interesting statistics on literacy rates in the US and other countries: During WWII (1939-1945) the military reported a 96% literacy rate among those applying for service During the Korean War (1950-1953) the military reported […]