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Some Thoughts and Resources on the TechEd Debate

I like the idea of cutting out a great deal from my family’s tech diet, but I also know that when we look at schools like those the tech execs are sending their own kids to, we are not comparing apples to apples. Any schools that are that exclusive are going to see graduates heading off to Ivies. If they didn’t, the tech execs wouldn’t send their kids there. That’s the benefit of privilege.

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My Intro to Google Expeditions: A Supplement to My Conversation with Chris Shedd

After my conversation with Chris Shedd at Burley Middle School in Charlottesville, VA, I realized I knew very little about Google Expeditions.  This came up during the course of our conversation.  I’d heard about it, but didn’t know much more than it was a VR experience for students.  Well, it turned out that Chris and his students had worked on developing an Expedition for Mulberry Row at Jefferson’s Monticello…

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May I Have (Some of) Your Attention Please?

I was once told at a PD session that the ADHD brain is the brain of the future.  At the time I found it unsettling to consider this possibility.  I still do.  The way I understood the speaker’s delivery was that this was no bad thing, but rather a sort of evolutionary step toward living in an information and distraction saturated culture.  All non-ADHD folk would calcify in tar pits while the fittest carried on with the business of survival.

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So, Just Know That We're Overselling STEM

Much of STEM work in public schools is intended to give students a leg up on their college career.  Robotics clubs, Computer Science/Coding, AP Chem, Bio, Physics, all of these are great for a college application.  And, while efforts to bring young women into the fold of the male-dominated STEM world are admirable, how many girls are encouraged to become electricians, mechanics, or plumbers?  There is just as much entrepreneurial opportunity in those fields, and I would argue (cautiously) that there may be more…

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The Death of Truth?

Truth has been a subject for debate for a very, very long time.  And what I am wondering is if the currency of truth is rapidly being debased to a point that its value as a concept is dubious.  A paradox indeed.  Truth is brutal.  Truth is liberating.  Truth can be malicious.  It is a shield, a foundation, and a locus of control.  It is a commodity in society upon which notions of justice can proceed.

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