Tag: education reform

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…

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…

Scenes from My Classroom: The Pantheon

What does teaching look like?  I’m sure right now you have images of classrooms, desks, whiteboards, or perhaps even chalkboards scrolling through your head.  Teaching is all of…

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….

Continuous Improvement

Written by Todd Beach Throughout my career I have appreciated the time during the summer to reflect on my teaching practice from the past year and examine areas…