Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Interactive reading is one way I engage my fourth graders in learning about new people and places. Recently, we’ve used this approach with books by Malala Yousafzai and Jane Goodall. “Have you heard of Malala?” I asked my students when introducing them to her book...
Education Should Teach You How to Think

Education Should Teach You How to Think

A decent education teaches you to think. In my life, that statement has been as self-evident as the unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. After all, an effective education is not just the transfer of information from book to brain but includes the...
A New Way to Think About Education

A New Way to Think About Education

The end of a school year, especially this one, prompts some thinking about the place of education in our collective life. Those who have been the “front liners” in this year’s educational campaign – teachers, families, students – deserve our profound respect and...