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Is the factory model a myth?

Is the factory model a myth?

It’s my view that the factory model did — and still continues to — exist in the United States. At its core, the model refers to the creation of a standardized, ubiquitous model which trains students to listen to instructions and overall, be submissive to authority. Notably, the factory model isn’t all of education history — there’s obviously way more that occurred. Rather, this is an in-depth look at a particular narrative that took hold.

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Response: The importance of rigor in bringing history to life

Response: The importance of rigor in bringing history to life

Despite the possible best intentions of those involved, their methodology is framed incorrectly and view of coursework is simply wrong. Although I recognize this work is written by a high school student, this highlights the misconceptions many feel about their own educational experience — how do you know what you’ve never been exposed to?

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What really is an "A"?

What really is an "A"?

Grades are meant to be representative of a child’s progress. If a student is doing well, they receive an A or B, so on and so forth. Often overlooked is the actual measure of progress: feedback. If you want to tackle objectives for a student, look no further than the descriptive notes on what they need to improve.

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PSA for Teachers: Teach to Get Fired

PSA for Teachers: Teach to Get Fired

At almost any school you will find the lifeless, dead-eyed educator going through the motions, miserable at the sight of their students, administration, parents, or the education system at large. When I first started teaching, many seasoned veterans of the public school system saw my enthusiastic pitch of empowering students as annoying and unsustainable — they’ve seen it all before.

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