Category: Education

Unity vs. “Divide and Conquer”

By , February 23, 2011

In response to a financial crisis fueled by corporate greed, Republicans now seek to further empower corporations and disenfranchise voters.  Read more »

Launching LessonIndex.com

By , January 5, 2011

In late October, an unexpected phone call revived my interest in the subject of “lesson plan resources for teachers.”  The first result of that inspiration is my newest web site, at LessonIndex.com. Read more »

It Gets Better (for gay teens)

By , October 9, 2010

“It gets better” is the emphatic theme of a new campaign to encourage teens who may be losing hope and considering harming themselves.  Let me join in: it will get better. Really. Read more »

Perverse Incentives

By , May 7, 2010

“Perverse incentives” is a phrase I seem to use quite often, lately. We create (or accept) the perverse incentives that create the perverse outcomes we detest. Read more »

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

By , April 28, 2010

After reading some very positive reviews, I was quite disappointed with this book (The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, by Diane Ravitch). While there are many good ideas in the book, it’s excruciatingly repetitive, poorly organized, and fails to persuade. Read more »

Thoughts on NOT becoming a teacher

By , April 3, 2007

April 3, 2007 — Why did I decide not to become a teacher? Read more »

Receiving Criticism: My First Editor

By , November 1, 2003

It was 1978. I was so proud of myself: I was a Real Writer. Read more »

Considering a Career Change: Thoughts on Becoming a Teacher

By , April 19, 2003

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first of two articles; in the second article, I describe why I chose NOT to become a teacher. Read more »

And Still We Rise (by Miles Corwin)

By , April 12, 2002

April 12, 2002 — Over the years, I’ve read a number of well-written books about children, education, and juvenile justice, and always I am left with a strong feeling of frustration and despair. This week, I read a very different book, one I strongly recommend you read. Read more »

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