The Myth of Multitasking

This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind. –Lord Chesterfield, in a letter to his son (c. 1740s) I recently purchased...

The Textbook: Your New Best Friend (Part II)

In my last post, I put my cards on the table about informational reading.  I think we have had far too many distractions for far too long about the lack of reading skills that justify lecture, and don’t get me started on photocopying and handing out teacher...

Achieving School Turnaround

Over the years I’ve seen repeated calls for school reform, closing gaps, and raising achievement.  Each time the calls for reform seem more urgent, acknowledging that despite our best efforts, too many students are failing to meet standards.  For persistently...

Ready or Not (for a Career)

A recent Ed Week blog post by Sarah D. Sparks describes a new tool being jointly produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Education Department that will show the relationship between available academic courses and the requirements for 750 different...