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Academic retirement

I worked for 37 years at the University of North Dakota and a couple of years in upstate New York before that. I have been “retired” now for nearly three years. This makes me an expert on serving a single … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Facebook

So, in the run-up to the election, I decided to become more active on Facebook. My engagement with Facebook differs from nearly all of my “friends” (I hope that is the correct term. I sometimes get one social media site mixed … Continue reading

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Digging a deeper hole is the wrong approach

Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t … Continue reading

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Even conservatives are free to give it a try

There are some ideas so flawed and uninformed that they reach the threshold of ridiculously funny. I have found an example. Some Iowa politician is concerned that the major Iowa universities are too liberal and he suggests that information should … Continue reading

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The war on data

[Note – I have included some translations because I don’t want to be misunderstood or dismissed as an elitist using data.] Most citizens have moved on beyond the issue of the election polls. If pollsters really failed in this case … Continue reading

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Expectations of secondary education

I think many people have little insight into the complexity of secondary (high school) education – the diversity of students and the ever increasing expectations for what is to be accomplished on limited budgets. This recent Washington Post article indicating … Continue reading

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Thanks for making America GREAT

Thank-you scientists for making American great. You seem shy and unwilling to be self-promoters so I will try to help. I suppose you are introverts by nature. Without your discoveries and the efforts of educators to bring these advances to … Continue reading

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Is real world knowledge inert when acting politically?

I have come to the use of the concept of inert knowledge as a way to understand political thinking and conceptual change theory as a remedy. I recognize that these ideas may be foreign to most, but if you are … Continue reading

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People like me

Educators are into talking about the importance of their PLN. Their personal learning network (PLN) is the folks they interact with to learn new things, share ideas, etc. I get the value of ed jargon – it makes common folks … Continue reading

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Maybe the answer is simple – nobody really cares

I continue to be troubled by the DeVos appointment. It makes no sense. I cannot come up with a justification for putting an amateur in this position no matter how hard I try. Shake things up if offered as an explanation … Continue reading

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