Monthly Archives: April 2014

Black and White

Everything in education these days is black and white, with no possible shades of grey. Standardized tests are evil. Except when we agree with their findings. Or when they are used in research about teaching methods. Or when they highlight inequity in our society. Lecturing to students is evil. Except when it’s coupled with peer […]

Network Improvement Communities

I recently read an essay published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching called “Getting Ideas into Action: Building Networked Improvement Communities in Education.” The basic argument of the essay is that while traditional research can be effective for finding out what works in specific circumstances, it frequently is too far away from […]