Discussion: dialog, conversation, links


I'd like you to raise questions, make suggestions, crtiticize, and--I hope--add to what I'm doing.

This website has four discussion areas:

  • General discussion of education reform
  • Discussion of Connections: Investigating Reality, both general and activity-specific
  • Discussion of Investigating American History (formerly American History Handbook), also both general and topic-specific.
  • Discussion of Investigating World History, also both general and topic-specific.
See the links in the box at the right to check or participate in these discussions.

Links for other websites I recommend:

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Susan Ohanian is one of our nation's leading commentators on education policy: http://www.susanohanian.org/

Diane Ravitch, author, professor, and historian of education, speaks out on the failures of standardization-based education reform: http://www.dianeravitch.com/

Valerie Strauss's blog on the Washington Post website publishes enlightened education commentary from many sources: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet

Tom Maglozzi, professor and NPR "Car Talk" co-host:  "My New Theory of Learning:" http://www.cartalk.com/content/rant/r-rlast15.html

The late Jerry Bracey's Education Disinformation Detection and Reporting site: http://www.america-tomorrow.com/bracey/EDDRA/

Listserv created after the death of Jerry Bracey for original subscribers to EDDRA: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eddra

Alfie Kohn is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including The Schools Our Children Deserve, The Homework Myth, and the newly published Feel-Bad Education . . . And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schoolinghttp://www.alfiekohn.com

Site for solid information about problems generated by standardized testing: http://www.fairtest.org/

Steve Denning, renowned expert in organizational management, gives his "Single best idea for reforming education" here.

July 7, 2011 The educational value of creative disobedience

Video: Geoff Mulgan describes UK Studio Schools

UK Studio Schools website

Judy Willis, authority on cognitive processes, on educational strategies

Most Americans lack understanding of our own society, and of the profound ways in which we differ in culture from societies with whom we must deal. A thoughtful paper on this problem, and its consequences for America and American education: http://www.fpri.org/footnotes/1611.201111.garfinkle.middleeast.html

Is merit pay for teachers a good idea? Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y

More evidence that using reality as the main learning resource, and involving learners actively can motivate and transform them: http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html?utm_source=newsletter_

Great student-produced video about Florida's Comprehensive Achievment Tests: http://teacher.ocps.net/daniel.stanley/Site/FCAT_PSA.html

Sir Ken Robinson's analysis of conventional education's adverse outcomes, in a great RSA-animated talk: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/06/ken-robinson-animation.html#more

And another talk by Sir Ken, dovetailing nicely with what we believe and say: http://sirkenrobinson.com/?p=905

A new TED speech by Dr. Derek Cabrera, "A Big TOE," details a conceptual framework that dovetails nicely with that in CIR and our other educational materials: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUqRTWCdXt4

The Natural Learning Research Institute provides professional books, workshops, and other support for those who know that educational processes must actively involve the learner.

Check out Reclaiming the Heart and Soul of Education, compliled and edited by Dr. William Spady, and much more at the5thparadigm.net.

Our insistence that understanding systems is essential but missing from education's core is echoed at http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/1167.

More on systems: https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/systems-thinking-seeing-how-everything-is-connected/  (Thanks, Ignacio!)

This focuses on early childhood education but dovetails nicely with our views: