Homework is a Red Herring

Polarization is easy to achieve, but it's hard to undo. Education is riddled with polarizing issues, both political and practical, and the issue of homework is one of the worst. The central argument: Homework doesn't benefit students, and you shouldn't be giving it. Aside from pushing buttons and for increasing retweets, search hits, and KloutRead More

Computational Thinking

I'm a scientist. I think in terms of what I can see and manipulate. Part of my training included a large amount of time making changes in systems, observing results, and making new changes in order to answer a question. It was systematic, measured, and thorough. Naturally, that tendency bleeds over into my relationships, parenting,Read More

You’ve Got the Wrong Idea

Do a quick Google search for "disrupt education." It seems 2013 in particular was a boom for companies looking to disrupt the current education system: MOOCs, apps, product launches, startups...pick your poison. Disrupting the education space is the wrong way to influence change. Disrupting has longevity issues. To be noticed in the startup realm, youRead More

Improving Questions, Part 2

Before starting this post, please go back and look at Part 1 to get the research justification for the outline below. In an effort to make research more accessible and visible in the implementation of new ideas, here is a practical, "how-to" explanation of ways to get students to ask better questions. While all ofRead More