The Big Picture: Musings on Brain Research

Brain research never fails to fascinate me. Recently, I listened to Hidden Brain’s  interview with Iain McGilchrist in which he discussed his book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.   Pop psychology would have us believe that the right hemisphere is the seat of creativity while the […]

Pacing and the Good Samaritan

An interesting experiment attempted to measure what affected people’s propensity to help others.  The subjects of the experiment were seminary students.  They were given a Bible passage and directed to write a short talk on it, after which they were to go to another building and deliver the speech.  On their way to the building, […]

Concerted Cultivation

Intellectual ability – the measure of one’s capacity for thought and understanding – appears across a wide demographic.  With the right tools of evaluation, it is possible to find very intelligent children in every racial, cultural, and socioeconomic group.  But it is possible to be intellectually gifted and still not be successful in the long […]

Meaningful Work

When we’re fresh out of college, many of us find jobs that are not necessarily our dream careers.  We do this because we are finally on our own and suddenly have bills to pay and rent to make.  Some of us are lucky enough to find that perfect job right out of the gate, but […]

False Definitions

Today, we’re going to talk about Canadian hockey. In order to become an elite hockey player in Canada, kids as young as 4 are coached and sifted and moved up until the most talented end up in the elite leagues.  It is a system based on merit:  if you are talented and willing to work […]

Culture and Equity

I listened to a podcast recently called 10 Ways Educators can Take Action in Pursuit of Equity, and it got me thinking about culture. Culture is often a major player in equity, and when we hear “culture” in the same breath with “equity” we tend to think of the various cultures students bring with them […]

The Invisible Cost of Desegregation

Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark case in the U.S. — the case that decreed segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.  Separate but equal was prejudicial.  The press covered the brave children who formed the vanguard of integration and their trials were real and difficult.  But one critical effect of integration is almost […]

CMSi-PDK Referenced in NY Times Article

The New York Times and ProPublica  published an article this week about the Charlottesville, Virginia School system, which remains deeply divided along racial lines to the detriment of its African American students.  It is a system that “segregates students from the time they start, and steers them into separate and unequal tracks.” The article outlines the […]

The Changing Instructional Core

This article was sent to me by one of our Lead Auditors and there is so  much in it that makes me smile, I hardly know where to start.  It’s about a district in Oregon which, when faced with the challenge of Common Core Math, didn’t give up or look for ways to reduce the […]

Take Note(s)

Note-taking is almost as old as education itself.  As soon as people discovered ways to record information that were less expensive than the laborious process of making paper or parchment (hello, wax tablets and chunks of slate and chalk!), note-taking became an integral part of the process of learning. This is the subject of a […]