The Working Brain

celine bags Critical thinking, as defined by Dan Rockmore, faculty at Dartmouth College, is “A multi-stage process wherein first the facts of an issue or phenomenon are determined, and then the issue of interest is subjected to a reasoned examination from multiple...

Dystopia in America

This is not a political essay. I have no desire to add to the cacophony of Internet political punditry. Nor do I want to use this platform to take sides in our hyper- polarized national dialog. But having just voted in my eleventh presidential election, I’m left with...

The Why of It All

Every day, something like sixty million children in the USA head off to school. Why? If you’re a student or a teacher or an administrator, school is what you do.   But as our world transforms around us, a lot of bright kids aren’t inspired and don’t feel a sense of...

Prioritizing Education

We have a looming teacher shortage in this country.  Looming, that is, if you look at the field as a whole. In many areas, the teacher shortage is not looming but real and immediate. Most states, in fact, have at least some rural districts that are scrambling to fill...

Storytelling

What is it that makes stories so compelling? When I think about storytelling, the image that first comes to mind is a small group sitting around a fire – eyes alit with the reflection of the flames, souls alive with the magic of the tale. It’s an image of warmth and...