Revolutionary Schools

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How do you fix the United States education system and not go broke? Here are some interesting takes on customized education.

The Freakonomics Podcast episode “How Is a Bad Radio Station Like the Public School System?” focuses on the “School of One,” a New York City pilot program in elementary schools trying to eliminate the one-size-fits-all factory model in education. Instead of a teacher providing one instruction method to all the students in the class, instruction and advancement is highly individualized:

The classroom is divided into smaller groups based on different teaching methods.

  • Large group live instruction
  • Small group live instruction
  • Small group virtual tutoring
  • Independent practice
  • Small group collaboration
  • Independent virtual instruction

Students elect their own training method. And, this is not a hippy-dippy “let’s have class outside” feel good and don’t worry about results program. This is more objective based than any school I have every heard of: Read the rest of this entry »

Before and After

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A Magical Nightfall Pattern

Some days the resistance is pretty powerful.

It’s 7:30pm. I have a case to review, which I don’t want to do because it’s too hot inside. I don’t want to write because the kids are still up and, well, if you have kids, you already know.

So, go for a walk. It’s early enough. You’ll get the good endorphins pumping.


Zero minutes in:

I don’t want to. This day sucks. I don’t want to walk. I have other things to do. I have a case to review!
This is going to hurt. Uphill sucks!
I’m going to be sweaty.
I’m going to look bad.

2 minutes in:

Stupid road. Stupid sidewalk. Stupid hazy clouds. Stupid Freakonomics podcast episode about Twitter! Stupid cost of summer day care (a week costs more than my monthly office rent)!

Turn around. Now!

10 minutes in:

This breeze is nice.
Ooo, look at the different shades of blue, in the mountains.

So, I went and did it. About 3.5 miles. Feeling better now and I’m back to writing. And yes, my happiness is just as irrational as my misery.

And, by the way, the Freakonomics Episode on Health of Nations, rocks!

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