Is School Relevant?

A student I taught nearly two decades back contacted me recently regarding Teacher Eddie’s YouTube commentary on Boyinaband’s song, “Don’t Stay in School” (lyrics here).  In a nutshell, the song indicts the British Education System for its emphasis on traditional learning topics and its neglect of pragmatic, practical, and useful life skills.  Eddie offers similar [...]

Cathleen Black and the Realities of School Leadership

Originally published on Open Salon on April 8, 2011:            The New York Times reported yesterday that Cathleen Black has resigned as New York City’s schools chancellor.  The former publishing executive was on the job for only three months and had received licensing wavers in order to be assigned to her post.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg was [...]