First-ish Principal Observations About Education

March 23, 2016

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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 […]

What Do I Want For My Kids

December 30, 2015

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I’ve been working on educational ideas and trying to start The Puzzle School for years now and in all of my efforts I sometimes lose track of the forest through the trees. It’s easy to think about designing a school abstractly, from the perspective of society, and lose sight of the idea that it is […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Coercion

December 5, 2015

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This is part of an ongoing exploratory series on Educational Ideas It is very difficult to do good work if you don’t care about the work. It is very likely that your best work will only come if you deeply care about the work. There may be some exceptions. You may get lucky and produce […]

The Power of Contradictions in Education

December 2, 2015

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what people really want in education. If you talk to enough people you start running in to contradictions, or at least what seem like contradictions: I want a school that is open to new ideas and tries new things based on the latest research. I’m so frustrated by our […]

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Why The Puzzle School?

August 7, 2015

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I recently received some feedback that The Puzzle School was not a good name. I detailed that feedback here: Frivolous and Ambitious – Is The Puzzle School Name Worth It? I wanted to write out my thoughts on why I like the name. At its core The Puzzle School is about enjoying the process. The […]

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Frivolous and Ambitious – Is The Puzzle School Name Worth It?

August 5, 2015

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“I don’t want my kid going to school to do puzzles all day, there is more to life than just puzzles.” “Are they just playing with toys all day?” These are some of the concerns I imagine people expressing when they hear the name, The Puzzle School. Even if someone did understand how puzzles reflect […]

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TheBestListEver Becomes OpinionatedRecommendations.com

June 14, 2015

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After a few weeks of working on TheBestListEver it became clear that I was missing the target with the brand and the design of the site. While a few people seemed interested in sharing and discovering things through thoughtful recommendations, most people seemed distracted by the idea of lists. So TheBestListEver is becoming a small […]