Author Archives: briandrayton

Education and economics: seeing a little daylight between them

I am not the only one who has noticed, with sorrow, the relentless intensity with which education policy is distorted (and has been for decades) by the assertion that education holds the key to American economic well-being, and that therefore … Continue reading

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Buzzwords: The Zone of Proximal Development

I have been reading lots of reports and blog posts about personalization and related ideas.  There is an encouraging diversity of opinions about what “personalized” or “comptence” or “mastery” might mean, and how they (it) should look in the classroom. … Continue reading

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Teacher professionalism and saving the phenomena

In her Answer Sheet education blog in the Washington post, Valerie Strauss has made a practice of bringing in many voices to enrich conversations about a wide range of education topics.  I find that a recent column relates to my … Continue reading

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Teacher ‘professionalism’ and the nature of education

When you hear the phrase “teacher professionalization,”  what do you think about? It’s an idea that’s rising up again, for good reasons — but what is actually the nature of the challenge?  Is this a live issue for you? MSPnet’s … Continue reading

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Motivation and the hope of mobility

Scanning the edublogosphere this week, I came across a recent post by Larry Ferlazzo.  He moves from a recent paper on how students’ perceptions of their future prospects affect their willingness to “persist” with academic challenges.    The paper,  “Perceptions … Continue reading

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Personalized

I have written about “personalized” education in this blog  before (most recently here), as I have tried to pull together the many threads that are converging with this term.  It is tied up with “competency based education (CBE),”  micro-credentialing and … Continue reading

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On avoiding oversimplifications

My title could apply to almost any subject matter, of course, but today I am thinking about how education is conceptualized in the mainstream these days. I am not the only one who’s been disturbed by the increasing focus on … Continue reading

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Science video: Where does it fit in our work and our learning?

The TERC team that is hosting the STEM for All Videohall events (this year’s begins on May 15th, at http://stemforall2017.videohall.com;  last year’s event is archived at http://stemforall201.videohall.com) began experimenting with video presentations some years ago in an electronic community for … Continue reading

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Education policy and the process of authority

The idea of democracy…is that every individual must be consulted in such a way, actively, not passively, that he himself becomes a part of the process of authority…[emphasis added] that his needs and wants have a chance to be registered … Continue reading

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Virtual schools: flying with broken wings

The National Education Policy Center (nepc.colorado.edu) is out with the latest in a series of “Virtual Schools Reports”, presenting data and analysis on the state of virtual and blended schools around the country. The 103-page report has three parts: [1] … Continue reading

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