One approach to making education dangerous is to borrow from complexity principles, and begin with humility regarding the path towards a shared goal. Remember our task is to influence, attract, and therefore encourage desired patterns. Too often in education our policy begins with a “theory of change” that purports to shape a deterministic path towards […]
The U.S. education system is broken. The data are clear, and those with means continue to flee the system – further starving the least served of important resources. High school graduation rates rank the U.S. as 19th among top developing countries. In 2007, 16% of all people between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped […]
Atop the ancient fortress at Dun Aengus, the Bride and I were nearly alone. (Travel tip: When visiting the Aran Islands, stay overnight, then tour the sites in the morning before the ferries bring thousands of afternoon day-trippers.) I say nearly, because we did find a lone gentleman there who was kind enough to take […]
I’ve been titling the last few posts in terms of how context can shift over time. This is not intended as a great reveal of some new management method, it just came to me as a recurring theme during this drive through Ireland. How do we understand, or not, the great sites from ancient Ireland? […]
Raise a glass, when you get a chance, to T.B. Naylor, who, one day in 1891, found himself or herself inside the center chamber of the passage tomb at Newgrange. This was during a time after the restoration begun by Robert Campbell in 1699, and before the government took ownership of the historic site. So […]
When you visit Knowth, you stand amidst “passage tombs,” most likely built over 6,000 years ago. Surrounded by massive kerbstones featuring neolithic carvings, these magnificent structures have survived civilizations and North Atlantic weather. Passage tombs are burial mounds that some believe were meant to be transition points for ancient souls, so called because they feature […]
My son-in-law recently directed me to a resource that spoke highly of “manual labor,” as a gentle admonition to me. It seems I managed to convey the impression to him some years back that I felt manual labor was less noble than intellectual pursuits. Not the impression you want to leave with family, certainly not […]
“I could never do your job, Dad. When I leave work, I actually clock out. Ca-chunk, and I can go home and be with your grandsons and my husband. You never leave work, you’re always thinking and writing. I couldn’t do that.” Some people would look at that diatribe and conclude: my daughter is not […]
Well, greetings! Adding a bit to the cheeky bio above: My professional biography includes eight years in the U.S. Air Force, doing some interesting things; eight years at a Washington DC think tank, thinking some interesting thoughts; and eight years at a federal contractor, working on some interesting contracts. Today, I find myself associated with […]
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