Journal

Journal

The Hidden Cost of Dyslexia

Many years ago, I had a 9th grade student named R.   R. was a nice kid, but never seemed to be able to earn better than Ds and Fs, no matter how hard he worked.  His handwriting looked like a kindergartner’s, with a mix of capital and lower-case letters in huge block form with some […]

Diplomas vs. GEDs: The Role of Grit in Education

Most educators have had to study some version of the history of education as part of their teaching program in college.  Most may remember, albeit dimly, Horace Mann, the creator of the Common School.  What many may not remember is that while Mann believed firmly in the power of education to raise people out of […]

What Kids Do All Day

Grant Wiggins, who wrote the influential book Understanding by Design, posted this article, written by his daughter Alexis, a 15-year teaching veteran.  Ms. Wiggins shadowed a pair of students for a day — one a senior and one a sophomore — to see what their experiences as students were really like.  What she found was […]

Picking Apart the Daisy Chain: Standardized Tests as Predictors of Success

Remember Elle?  The fashion-obsessed sorority girl that follows her ex-boyfriend (somewhat improbably) to Harvard Law School and despite her non-traditional background manages to win a highly publicized murder trial, all while wearing her defining hot pink dress?  Hollywood fantasy, right? Maybe not.  Or at least, not entirely. In Episode 2 of Season 4 of Revisionist […]

The Tortoise, the Hare, and the LSAT

FINALLY, Malcolm Gladwell is back with season 4 of his Revisionist History podcast and he does not disappoint.  In the first episode, he explores the LSAT from one highly specific perspective:  time. Performance on the LSAT determines what law school students get into; those who are both accurate and fast do best on the tightly timed sections […]

Move It or Lose It

Classrooms have traditionally been sedentary places. Well-behaved children sit in their desks and quietly absorb the information teachers offer and spit it back on tests and quizzes. If they work hard, they do well. If they don’t…well, they should have worked harder. But this is 2019 and we know that for some, sitting still in […]

Thoughts From Inside the Bubble

Recently I listened to a podcast that I thought was going to be a nice, fluffy piece of celebrity trashing. Instead, it turned out to be a thoughtful exploration of the rules of social classes and the power of cultural capital. Hidden Brain’s Never Go to Vegas, and Other Unspoken Rules of Being an A-Lister […]

The Warren Harding Error: Implicit Bias Part 2

Warren Harding was the 29th President of the U.S.  He is widely regarded now as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.  He wasn’t especially bright, and was at best a rambling speaker. As a senator, he was conspicuously absent for the debates on both women’s suffrage and prohibition, the defining events of his […]

The Implications of Implicit Bias

Explicit biases are well-understood and easily recognized.  Hate speech, burning crosses, racial slurs, sexist language — all draw attention and invite rebuke.  Implicit biases, however, bubble away beneath the surface of conscious thought, unacknowledged and provoking largely involuntary responses, some of which may be miniscule or fleeting but which nonetheless nudge our behavior and influence […]

The Value of A High School Diploma

Some statistics: 18-24 year old Black men in Prison: High School Drop Out        58% GED                                         19.6% High School Diploma        13.8% Some College                  […]