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Psychic Distress in Education

The sheer JOY of talking about something you love described by Donald Hall (and called “teaching”) in the essay “Coffee with Robert Graves.” (And I’ll admit that this is what has drawn me to the radio and interviewing authors and experts.) Everyone who loves teaching has the same experience: Someone asks a question; it’s something […]

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Neither Men Nor Toadstools

AUDIO: Neither Men Nor Toadstools I’m inclined to think “teaching” and “instruction” in institutional contexts are only misguided industrial practice. The best that can be done (and one might admit it’s not nothing though suspect) is to learn a way to speak about the mechanics of language conventions. The only way to “master” these conventions is […]

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Eliminating Randomness

You know I’ve written against Minecraft in the near-past (and I promise I was being gentle in presenting my argument) and what follows, though only notes toward something, builds a bit upon it. First, I’ll propose that the only thing unique about the human animal is its language (and what that language “constructs”).  Next, we […]

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Free Writing in a 6th Grade Class

In class today, in a free-writing period I offered this to the gods: If my throat were a cave would my words hang like bats? If my eyes were eclipses would pinholes reveal me? If my teeth were tombstones would they order the dirt? My “working papers” (drafts) accompany the post. Recently, my good friend […]

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Common Core Is Authority On Steroids

Peg with Pen wrote yesterday about a product offered by the designer of Common Core, David Coleman (more from me on that here, “Occupy Common Core Standards“). I recently had the unfortunate opportunity to examine a SpringBoard assignment, sent to me by a concerned parent with a child in seventh grade.  SpringBoard is the latest […]

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What Manner of Creature Be This?

The Errant has frequently offered for your edification detailed reports on the fraudulent nature of the corporate reforms in “education.” I do not plan on writing anymore about this, though will still encourage our stalwart researcher Doug Martin to comb through tax documents and let us know who’s in bed with whom.  Shining a bright […]

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Shorter, On Tenure

A teacher in any institution ONLY needs tenure if he/she plans to teach an antagonistic stance to the institution. A teacher does not need to TEACH the national economic structure; does not need to teach the use of primary technologies used in that structure.  These are de facto our “ground” of political, economic and social […]

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And half again, Zeno?*

A post by a new contributor, Bobby V., in response to yesterday’s post, Well, What Would Jesus Do?. I remember long ago sitting in an educational administration class in graduate school and blurting out, “Aristotle won, didn’t he?” I don’t even remember what the class was about, but it was being taught by Sherry Vaughan […]

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Common Core State Standards: A Stuccoed Stratum of Obscurity

What follows are two pieces by Eric Sargent, an educator in the St. Louis area, and good friend to the Errant.  Eric has written the below in response to the state of education but also in response to our recent interest in Robert Frost.  If I may be so bold, I will offer as preface, […]

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Tenure Perches in the Soul

I. “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And […]

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Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]