Why Edu-Cat-Ion

Why do we need another Web site that talks about education?  And why is education spelled that way? Author Simon Sinek in his 2009 book, “Start With Why,” says that “why” is a better place to start than “what.”  So rather than speak to “what” this site is about, it’s more important to share why…

Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

One of my favorite movies is The Usual Suspects.  Certainly not because of the violence in the film, but because of the twist that I didn’t see coming the first time I saw it.  One of the gleanings I took away from that experience (since everything you experience is a learning experience whether you think…

Uncertain: The Future of Work

About 30 years ago, there was a crisis in education: a shortage of science and math teachers in our nation.  As a young father at the time, working as a program director for an NPR affiliate station, it resonated with me.  A couple of years before that, I left my position as a teacher to…

Education Transformation Begins With One’s Mindset Transformation

During the first 3 weeks of Octobers, articles from other sources will be featured to help to form the mindsets necessary to embrace the changes occurring in education. The first article comes from Thrive Global (www.thriveglobal.com) and speaks to the two mental shifts that are necessary every highly successful person makes: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/the-2-mental-shifts-every-highly-successful-person-makes-c757ead99a99 I would add…

A New Year – And It’s A New World!

Six years ago in December, I wrote an article for this site titled “A New Year Means a New Word.”  The word I came up with at the time was “Systemicity.”  It described the actions of all things working together as system, much in the same way that “synchronicity” described how things happen at the…

Nothing is Real Unless It Is Experienced

Poet John Keats was born on Halloween (before it was Halloween) in 1795 and died February 23, 1821 at the age of 25.   This young man penned some of the most beloved works of those who study literature, including “A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)” which starts with the famous line, “A thing of beauty…

Stop Crushing the Spirits of Young Teachers – Part 2

“Teacher quality and engagement matters more to student achievement than any other aspect of a school.” This insight was published by Rand Education (Rand.org/education/projects/measuring-teacher-effectiveness/teachers-matter.html), and quoted by: Scott Barron on SchoolGrowth.com The Center for Public Education’s statement on teacher quality and student achievement; A text published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)…

Tax Credits and Vouchers Are Not The Same Thing

In 2001, Pennsylvania enacted a masterful piece of legislation to allow funding to assist the children of qualifying families to attend faith-based or private schools.  Rather than a “voucher” system, which directs funds collected from the State government to schools willing to accept the amount as payment in full for the child to attend a…

Stop Crushing the Spirits of Young Teachers

Several years ago, a disturbing trend began to happen in education – teachers were leaving the field. Not the teachers that had reached retirement age, or who were offered early retirement packages, but young teachers, who were those enticed to enter the field because of the market. A little earlier in time, the media shed…