Censorship in Our School District

photo credit: svenwerk via photopin cc The Diary of Anne Frank is a brilliant, harrowing, and ultimately heart-wrenching account of a Jewish girl’s attempt to escape the Nazis and the Holocaust during WWII.    Last May, a parent in Michigan asked her district to eliminate this famous book from the curriculum, arguing that one short passage in […]

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Raising the Bar

I’ve written several times now about the need for innovative approaches to education that recognize and embrace the information revolution.  There are certainly teachers that are meeting this challenge.  There is a growing movement of educators adopting “flipped classrooms” in which traditional classroom lessons and traditional homework assignments are inverted: homework consists of watching lectures […]

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Partisanship Makes Us Stupid

photo credit: porschelinn via photopin cc As anyone following the fiasco in Washington DC knows, bitter partisanship is costing taxpayers money, damaging the economy, bringing hardship to ordinary Americans, and threatening the full faith and credit of our country.  Yet even amidst this partisan meltdown, some local candidates for office here in the Lehigh Valley […]

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3 Myths about Common Core

photo credit: ATENCION: via photopin cc As I go door to door, concern over the new Common Core standards is one of the most frequent issues raised by the people I meet.   I’ve learned a great deal these last few months about Common Core by talking to community members, asking questions of educational professionals, […]

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A (New) Introduction 

I’ll be working hard over the coming month to introduce myself to as many people in the community as possible.  No matter how much time I devote to going door-to-door, however, I won’t be able to meet everyone personally.  That’s why I’ve put together the short video below to introduce myself “virtually” to others.   […]

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