Good Men Project (Education)
As we start another school year, here are some thoughts for how to navigate the world. I reflect on some standard advice I give my students.
Schools obsess over what students wear on their heads. Is it really that important? Every rule is an opportunity for unequal enforcement. Choose them wisely.
If someone already knows how to fish, give them a rod and reel and a spot on the riverbank, and then get out of their way. Too much reform seems to involve outsiders telling people with struggles how to fix problems, instead of giving us tools to fix things ourselves.
Making student discipline positive is a good but single step for a complex problem. Student misbehavior continues to be a frustrating, elusive problem for teachers and administrators.
It’s challenging to address hot-button topics with young adults. But it’s also important. Can, or should, teachers discuss politics with their students?
Overcoming our internal biases to help others learn. Much of what we see and hear is filled in by our knowledge of the world.
Like any other tool in a school system, a school's dressing policy needs to teach the correct lessons, not the incorrect ones. The concept of school dress codes can be divisive. But not all motivations are bad.
We’re placing too much value on memory, and not enough on keeping notes. What happened to jotting down notes?