I write about Education, Public Policy, and other things too.
In 2012, I began my first teaching job: 8th grade English at Pericles School, a Classical Christian private school. I was nervous — I wasn’t sure I’d fit in at a private school — but I had no idea what I was actually signing up for.
Wisdom & Virtue
In 2012, I began working in Classical Christian Education. Over the next four years, I learned this was a system designed to protect white supremacy.
Good Man, Speaking Well
Classical Education claims to teach students to be the “good man, speaking well.” It’s supposed to speak to their focus on rhetoric and persuasion, but beneath this is a system that teaches science denial and discrimination against LGBTQ people.
After leaving Pericles School, I went to teach in a public high school. Initially, it seemed like the answer to all my criticisms of Classical Education. But the longer I was there, the more uncomfortable with schooling I became.
Teachers Are Not the Heroes
A power imbalance exists between teachers and students, working in the adults favor and against the kids. A true social justice teaching must address this
That Baseball Study
In 1988, the so-called “Baseball Study” was published, and ever since then, it’s been used to justify highly-structured, authoritative classrooms. But what does the Baseball Study actually say, and does it even matter?
Remote Learning Can Work, We’re Just Doing it Wrong
It seems almost universally agreed-upon that the pandemic-induced experiment in virtual schooling was a failure, that students need an in-person experience to learn. This is wrong — the problem wasn’t the platform, but the pedagogy.