Latest posts from Detroit

Aug 01 2013

ESEA Reauthorization Challenge: Choose a Side in an Imperfect World

Betting markets are very effective at predicting outcomes because they force all involved to consume the vast amounts of often conflicting and nuanced information and make a simple decision: buy or sell. This, done thousands of times by thousands of people, send a strong and surprisingly accurate signal. With all the talk, all the nuance,…

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Jul 27 2013

The bigger trouble with economists: a response to Rick Hess

If anyone were to ask me to list the five current thinkers in education I admire most, find the most interesting, or whose books I would most like to be stuck with on a desert island, I would certainly have Rick Hess in one of my top three slots. Hess is a philosophically conservative thinker–he…

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Jul 26 2013

(late) introductions

When I first started this blog, I mainly used it as a pressure valve. I taught every day and rarely had time for much else, but I needed the outlet in case I read something on this website or in the news that would get me so worked up that I wouldn’t be able to…

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Jul 25 2013

Teacher education, (teacher/principal) choice, and an idealistic proposal for the future

There’s been a lot of talk about teacher education the past couple of years. In fact, everyone knows that the state of teacher education is in crisis. Of course, the definitions of these crises are antithetical depending on who you ask. More frustratingly, they are both reasonable. My goal in this post is to outline…

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Jul 14 2013

Beliefs Without Consequences

I’m currently reading Grace Lee Boggs’s autobiography¬†Living for Change. Grace Lee Boggs is an activist in Detroit. She and her husband Jimmy Boggs were important organizers in the 1960s during the unrest in Detroit caused by the Civil Rights Movement and Ms. Boggs stays active today. In her autobiography, she has an entire chapter on…

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It’s weird being in a city where there are so many publications reporting on so many different stories. Back home, I can literally read every news source for local news in any given day. That’s virtually impossible in a place like Chicago. Today, one of our mentors directed some of my peers to an online…

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Jul 09 2013

The Long Game

Tomorrow I’m teaching equations with variables on both sides. My CMA (corps member adviser) has asked me to redo my lesson plan. She is concerned that my current plan limits creativity and devolves math to rote memorization. She’s absolutely right. I’m having a lot of issues walking the line between wanting to make concepts as…

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Jul 08 2013

Here Is Real

I’m going to be honest: I’m not totally sure how I’m going to use this blog. When I started it, I was cynical. I knew that TFA wasn’t perfect. I knew that I myself had joined for some very selfish reasons. And so I thought I would try to point attention to it in every…

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When I left institute after 6 weeks of training, I was certainly nervous for my first day of school. I new that the learning curve was going to be steep (to say the least), but acclimating to life in the classroom was by far the greatest challenge that I had thus far experienced. My first…

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When I was a student in 8th grade English, my teacher would give us a word or a phrase – something like slavery or independence day – and ask us jot down the first 4 to 6 words that came to our head. Right now, when I reflect on my first year of teaching the…

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