The crux of the problem of schooling outside the home is that it subjects children to each other’s arbitrary rule, instilling lifelong habits of submission to prevailing opinion.
We only have to remember that to be better is not necessarily connected to what we do or don't do, to what we think or don't think.
Message preached at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, AB, Canada, October 14, 2018. (Please note that the biblical passages this is based on come after the text of the sermon.) In the Gospel of Mark, we find recorded a story about a rich man, who by his own account, is law-abiding. Surely, measured by every … Continue reading From Doing to Being: What Stories do we tell Ourselves?
A Professional Learning Community is an orientation of large organizations toward constant improvement. It tries to balance individual development within an institutional structure. This is a remarkable development in educational theory and practice that could be implemented outside educational contexts as well. Creating a Mission Statement The first step in developing a professional learning community … Continue reading Professional Learning Communities
When a generation of people grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers, they are called “digital natives.” Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded. Students are now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. Patricia Anderson and Lauren Singer of the University of Maryland … Continue reading Books or Screens?
This is a true story (the names have been changed) many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Simpson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and … Continue reading “How I Became a Teacher”
*A Version of this article will be published in the Leduc Representative and The Beaumont News in November of 2017. For many families in Canada, approximately 10% (according to the 2016 census), children are learning in a language that is substantially not the one spoken at home. Studies show that students learning additional languages score … Continue reading Additional Language Learning
The Coffee Shop in Bangkok Teaching conversational English, or any subject for that matter, requires great peace of mind. In the case of conversational English, I feel like I am in a unique position to be a teacher. I live in Bangkok, a city in a land with people who are phenomenally skilled in the … Continue reading The Coffee Shop
Your son’s report card is sitting on the table and you are not happy. Math is lower than it should be, his teacher noted that he did not hand in all his assignments, and he got a “Needs Improvement” for effort. What do we do? If you are like most of us, you will sit … Continue reading The Trouble With Words