Category: Public Policy

Citizen or Subject? My Letter to the Governor

written by Todd Beach   Late last week, Governor Mark Dayton contacted the president of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, asking her to solicit members for their…

An Irresistible Narrative

written by H. Michael Hartoonian Today’s global conflicts are fundamentally struggles over ideas.  The ideas are religious, philosophical, and political, and they form the belief systems of a people….

A Jewel of History

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The United States is a jewel of history, not because of its landscape or people, but because it is fundamentally a set of…

Maintain Your Balance

I sent an email to a friend the other day asking why in higher education is the Department of Curriculum and Instruction titled as such.  Given the current…

The Purpose of Schooling

Why are you here?  I often ask the freshmen in my American Government & Citizenship class this on their first day.  What is the purpose of schooling?  Is…

Collaboration, Leonardo, and Jazz; Lessons for Teachers

All too often teaching is an isolating profession.  It is ironic that new teachers enter the profession because they like to work with people.  Instead of collaborating with…

Education Reform – Explain it to Me Like I’m a Fifth Grader

This whole approach to education reform for the 21st century…yeah, I need someone to explain it to me like I’m a fifth-grader. I’ve been reading the recently published…

A Better ‘Gates’ Solution

Well known entrepreneur, philanthropist, and billionaire Bill Gates has stated through his foundation website that, “The evidence is clear that teachers matter more to student achievement than any…

Traditional meets 21st Century – a Synthesis

Socratic seminars for many teachers are a traditional teaching practice which facilitates an opportunity for students to critically interrogate various genres of text and ideas through a face…

How’s Your Feedback?

I ran in a 10K race on Thanksgiving morning.  It was cold and the road conditions were icy so needless to say when the race started I was…