The Side Effects of Neo-liberalism

Experiment: Explain a few of the problems with current thought I recently saw this advertisement on Facebook for an event in Bristol. I have a little bit of trouble deciding if they are 100% serious or if it is supposed to be kind of funny. Maybe I just want to find a bit of humor in my…

The allure of neo-liberal thinking

Experiment: Explaining the rational, thoughtful allure of neoliberalism. Neo-liberalism is not just a trend in government, it is a global cultural shift. Even though I would not consider myself a neo-liberal, it is still embedded into how I think about the world. And even though I think it is a destructive mentality, I can understand the appeal. Neo-liberalism…

Poems of the PhD 3

Is it a “safe simulation” To drive for excellence, But be adverse to the risk that would guarantee it. Teacher collaboration, But individualism to keep people replaceable. Opportunities to open minds and have incredible experiences, As long as a certain percentage is profit. Site-based-management, As long as it fits regulation. Teacher ownership, As long as…

A Pragmatic Approach to Educational Inequality

Experiment: Writing negatively about pragmatism. As I wrote in an earlier post, I believe that income inequality is the biggest challenge facing education today. This is a view shared by people across political lines. Milton Friedman is an education inequality warrior. He believes very passionately that unequal educational opportunities are a symptom of the way that the…

Individualism

Experiment: Explaining neoliberalism from the “wild” I received this letter from the Nottingham City Council after applying for school busing for my son. I’ve highlighted the part that struck me. Perhaps there is nothing wrong here, or maybe this is one of those statements that suddenly brings the hidden into the light of day. From a rational…

Mission Statement

Eh, it can’t all be technical. Here are my personal thoughts of what I want school to be. I want to work in a school where teachers . . .  are the guides for learning, facilitators, and leaders of the community, supported by administration  are valued for their specific skills and interests work collaboratively (not…

Being Okay with Not Knowing

Experiment: writing about the connection between philosophy and my own view on research. At the end of a long day last week, I encountered a particularly challenging section of a book. I left myself this note, so that I would remember that it was not just a normal bookmark. Having totally forgotten about it, I opened…