Category Archives: Education

Computing and Schooling

Some of the important lessons that I learned as a software developer can be applied to teaching and learning–in particular to the use of computers in schools. I believe this because I also have 13 years of teaching experience, more … Continue reading

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TV or web?

We very seldom watch TV, and have not for about 30 years. I say “seldom” because sometimes TV is forced upon us, as at the gym, in some restaurants, and in other people’s homes. About 25 years ago I recorded … Continue reading

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In a paint-by-numbers picture, the overall image is broken down and outlined in little shapes, each of which is numbered to indicate the color with which it is to be painted. Our task is to fill in these shapes, staying … Continue reading

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Problems teachers face

A teacher in Pennsylvania was suspended because she wrote in her blog that her (middle-class) students are “rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, … Continue reading

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Myths concerning teaching and learning

Educators stumble from one unproven educational philosophy to another (and back), looking for the deus ex machina that will relieve them of the hard work of teaching and learning. As they wander about they tend to drag along several myths … Continue reading

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Teaching the sciences

Every science can and should be taught “top-down”–that is, starting from the most visible and obvious, then digging deeper and deeper into less-visible details. The study of each science would be spread over the entire 12 years of public education, … Continue reading

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