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Lloyd Alexander

His robe flapping around his spindly legs, Dallben made his way to a huge chest, unlocked it with an ancient key, and raised the lid. He bent and rummaged inside. “I confess to a certain number of regrets and misgivings,” he said, “which could not possibly interest you, so I shall not burden you with […]

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The Problem with Parents

Certainly, as I have said before, ultimately the responsibility for children is squarely the parents. However, as I have also tried to say before, we are blaming the failure of the schools to educate children on the parents who were themselves badly served by their public schools. Who educated the parents? Who told the parents […]

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Why Schools Have Health Instead of History Class

Hyperbole, perhaps, that headline, but not wholly hairbrained, either. In reference to the preceeding post, consider the following account of The Commission on the Reorganziation of Secondary Education: The Commission was established in 1913, the year that also brought us the income tax. Many of its members were functionaries of school bureaucracies, from the United […]

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School Reform

We had a great time in Michigan. Spunky’s written about much of it here, and I suggest you go see what she says. I concur for the most part. Among other things, she says: Gatto’s talks were centered around the theme of “Fourth Purpose Schooling”. He introduced each purpose in his first talk The Underground […]

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Education Carnival Excerpts

Jenny D hosts this week’s Education Carnival, as we mentioned in the previous post. There was one topic covered that is more involved and requires some background reading, but since it’s a topic that has interested me for years, I just have to share. George Will wrote an essay on improving education by getting rid […]

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