Tag: education 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….

Let’s Fix the Schools—Really!

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The media appears fond of parading out pundits and “experts,” exclaiming that our public schools are a mess and need fixing. A high…

Education: Obligations of the Profession

written by H. Michael Hartoonian   Athens, itself, is a school where we understand that, Any society that does not educate its warriors to be philosophers, And its…

The Broken Promise

Freedom without Equality and Responsibility written by H. Michael Hartoonian The United States may be ready for a new motto. My recommendation: Freedom, Equality, and Responsibility. The definition…

A Broken Covenant

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The culture teaches. The only question is, what is our culture teaching? A necessary condition of any society that claims democratic DNA is…

Surround Yourself With the Dreamers: Scenes from My Classroom

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when…

2013: A Year to Remember

The University of Minnesota produced this video to make us proud of our public, land-grant university…and, I am. “The University of Minnesota: Founded in the Faith that Men…

Change is Good

written by Todd Beach Followers of my previous site, Relentless Teaching, may be wondering why the change?  Well, long story short, I never ‘felt’ the previous title captured the…

Putting Exceptional back in America: It’s What Great Schools Do

written by H. Michael Hartoonian America is an exceptional place. It is exceptional not because of its landscape, the people, or its wealth, but simply because it is…

The Problem With Boys

written by Todd Beach What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails And puppy-dogs’ tails, That’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls made…

Civic Virtue, School Reform, and the Creation of Real Wealth

written by H. Michael Hartoonian   When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America What have we…

Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons

written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of…

Reframing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

Written by Howard Gardner Originally published in Education Week, September 21, 2011 Reprinted here with the permission of the author This summer, I attended my 50th high school reunion….