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 →

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Global Media Reaction to Charlottesville and Trump’s Comments

In the US, high school teachers are preparing for the fall semester, due to begin after Labor Day in early September. They are also following the events in and about Charlottesville and wondering how they will incorporate them into their lessons. As someone who teaches American history, I will sadly include discussion of contemporary white... Continue Reading →

Are High School Clubs a Bad Idea?

I teach at a wonderful independent school at which everyone gets along really well, the curriculum is rigorous and innovative, the students are kind and curious, and the faculty and staff are amazing. I treasure the commitment and dedication of everyone, faculty, staff, students. I love being in the classroom with my students or collaborating... Continue Reading →

Intrinsic Motivation and “The Whole Student”

The Infinite Monkey Theorem describes a very simple problem in probability yet it offers many opportunities for philosophical reflection--and jokes. Given enough time and sufficient numbers, a group of monkeys will eventually produce all of Shakespeare. As a teacher, I reflect upon the truth that even the worst educator will "produce" a conventionally successful student, eventually.... Continue Reading →