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March 30, 2017

Education

Asking Instead of Knowing

The modern idea of Democracy is rooted in the 18th century European Enlightenment and its belief in reason, rationality, and empirical evidence. The founders believed that if sound arguments were placed in front of people, people could figure out the right course of action. We would read or hear the opposing arguments, laid out cleanly

How Do You Know?

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large. ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1778

Teach the Tensions

Two recent topics of discussion around my house have been the presidential election (obviously) and the challenges of teaching critical thinking (just as obviously, if you know my family). You will perhaps not be shocked to learn that I think the two topics are related. There used to be a saying in politics that if

Rewriting History

Okay, NOW I’m pissed off. We should not teach lies in our nation’s history. In Texas 5 million kids will be using new textbooks this fall based on revised curriculum which all but ignore racial segregation, do not mention the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws… and state the American Civil War was caused by “sectionalism,

Five Essential Questions

Sometimes in your journey through life, you encounter writers or artists who speak in a language that feels like it was written just for you. The things they say or show you may be brand new, but those things resonate and reverberate with you, touching something that’s already there. They wake up something inside you

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