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Do you love your students?

“Do you love your students?” As we approached graduation from the School for Education, our teachers coached us on how to respond to this standard interview question. “Your answer should always be, ‘Yes.’” Sure enough, in one of my first interviews for a teaching position, the assistant principal asked me, “Do you love your students?” … Continue reading

Mars and Male Anatomy

Usually my daughter eats a hot lunch at school, but today I had to pack a sack lunch for her to take on a field trip. Her class is going to hear a talk at the Kauffman Center sponsored by National Geographic. The speaker is Kobie Boykins, a NASA engineer working with the Mars missions. … Continue reading

Second Thoughts: High School Rankings Revisited

A couple of years ago, when I started publishing the KC Education Enterprise, I dashed off a little article about some local entries on a national list of “America’s Best High Schools.” At the time, I was new to blogging and thought of such posts as ephemeral. But this story is like a ghost. It continues … Continue reading

Money Trumps All: Reflections On The April School Board Elections

Earlier this month, districts on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area elected slates of school board candidates. At least one of those candidates did not reply to the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey, saying “I have the endorsement of the NEA and the Kansas City Star,” and she thought that was sufficient … Continue reading

Dreams Are Difficult To Build And Easy To Destroy — Part 19 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 18, click HERE. 19. Dreams are difficult to build and easy to destroy By their nature, dreams are evanescent. They flicker long before they shine brightly. And when they’re flickering, it’s not particularly difficult for a parent or a teacher or a gang of peers to snuff them … Continue reading

Fast, Flexible, and Focused — Part 18 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 17, click HERE. 18. Fast, flexible, and focused It’s clear that the economy has changed. What we want and expect from our best citizens has changed. Not only in what we do when we go to our jobs, but also in the doors that have been opened for … Continue reading

What Thousands of Magical Girls Have to Say About Middle School

This evening, my daughter told me one of my blog posts — Magical Girls: Why I Am No Longer The Parent Of A Public School Student — had gone viral on Tumbler. Although I wrote this piece early last fall, one of the magical girls discovered it just three days ago and has spread the … Continue reading

Reinventing School — Part 17 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 16, click HERE. 17. Reinventing school If the new goal of school is to create something different from what we have now, and if new technologies and new connections are changing the way school can deliver its lessons, it’s time for a change. Here are a dozen ways … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Is Education an Art or a Science?

by Stacy Sharp-Adamson and Shon Adamson Currently programs that allow for teacher decision making are being replaced by those that promote district decision making. Throughout the history of education in America, experts have been trying to find the elusive secret formula for success for every child in every classroom. This often puts teachers, education experts … Continue reading

School is Expensive — Part 16 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 15, click HERE. 16. School is expensive It’s also not very good at doing what we need it to do. We’re not going to be able to make it much cheaper, so let’s figure out how to make it a lot better. Not better at what it already … Continue reading


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