Do We Really Want Students to be Independent? Finland and the USA

Something I could not help noticing during my Fulbright in Finland was the independence of the students there. Many other visiting educators have noticed the same thing. Kelly Day has ascribed some of the culture of inner-directedness to the robust craft education programs across the country. Finnish students learn to make things with their hands,... Continue Reading →

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What Does “America” Look Like?

Because of President Trump's frequent use last week of words like "our history," "heritage," and "lovely statues," I found myself thinking about the image of "America" emanating from the Trump White House. It looks something like this: Peering at such images on the Internet (I searched Google for "Trump surrounded by white men"), my mind... Continue Reading →