Monthly archives: April, 2017

Ethics of Code

These days one can hardly throw an iPhone 7 (don’t, actually) without hitting a “learn to code” initiative aimed at young people. The Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week, encourages every student in America to explore programming. Code.org teaches basic concepts using Star Wars, Frozen, and Angry Birds. Scratch, a popular site …

Gardening vs. Carpentry

What are we doing when we care for and educate children? The most common answer from parents and teachers might be “just trying to get through the day!” If we back up a step, though, what do we hope to achieve? Are there particular goals, outcomes, or dreams that we have in mind? In The …

The Caribou and the Classroom

Everywhere in education we hear the language of standardizing. Standardized tests. Common Core. In my home state of Virginia, Standards of Learning (unfortunately abbreviated SOL). Schooling culture today idealizes a universal and uniform regime of knowledge, the culmination of modern enlightenment. What if schools took a different track that emphasized the diversity of knowledge rather …