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The Technology Fallacy

Books about “the digital future” are everywhere. I would look at my bookshelf and name some that have affected my thinking in the last few years (actually decades now), but they are in my office on the campus that has been closed for 10 weeks now. The Technology Fallacy: How People are the Real Key Read More

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Does America Need More Innovators?

This question is addressed in a collection edited by Matthew Wisnioski, Eric S. Hintz and Marie Stettler Kleine that is available from MIT’s Open Press. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/does-america-need-more-innovators The innovation imperative has been a permanent part of my professional life in education. The motivation to innovate and the practices that were labeled innovative have changed (the innovative Read More

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The Myth of Data in Schools

In 2018, one of my high school classmates wrote Educational Inequality and School Finance: Why Money Matters for America’s Students (Baker, 2018) in which he takes a close look at the myth “we are spending more, but getting less” out of our school budgets in the United States. Looking back on more than 30 years Read More

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The Teenage Brain

Jensen, F. E. (2016). Teenage Brain, The: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Harper Paperbacks. Educators have a seemingly endless series of books informing their practice; each year we have a small library full of how-to manuals, philosophical treatises, and utopian (or dystopian) visions of schools from which to select our Read More