What My Son Learned in Sixth Grade: Slice of Life #sol15

How to organize a binder. Filing papers in binders is the most important task a twelve-year-old can learn. The binders must be neat. The papers must be in their correct chronological order. The binders must always come to class. Otherwise, points off! Failing grades! He wasn’t allowed to bring many papers home during the school year.…

Slice of Life: Reading Malpractice

I think I should sue my son’s school for reading malpractice. Every day he comes home from school hating reading just a little bit more. Understanding just a little bit less what it means to be a reader. Understanding just a little bit less why anyone would ever want to read. Feeling more confused by the…

Slice of Life: On Required Reading

It started sometime in grad school. This aversion to assigned reading. This rebellious streak about books. Grad school nearly derailed my reading life. So many books I was “supposed” to read. So many books I was supposed to have already read. Reading became a competition and an occasional source of shame. “What do you mean…

Why School?

I’m a little late to the party on Will Richardson’s “Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere,” which is available as a Kindle single for just $2.99, but I finally read it and I’m so glad I did. I like how clearly and succinctly Richardson lays out his argument—basically, in…