• A bit of art to bring a smile in these tough times

    There’s no doubt. We’re all going through tough times across our country and world. Of course we’ll get through it — but it’s tough going. And while we’re going through it, what do people do? — cooped up at home. Puzzles? Write a book? Clean a closet? Contact friends and family on Skype or ZOOM. All good ideas.Here’s my partial solution. Art! And, I dare say, I hope it brings a smile to your face. IF these pieces do that, they’ve done their job.Yes, medicine bottle art! In my home these [...]
  • Honoring Clayton Christensen and his view of the limits of data

    I wrote this post also on Medium.com--where the links to the two presentations are available. https://medium.com/@miriamkfreedman/honoring-clayton-christensen-and-the-limits-of-data-6e335e7ad591 In fact, please follow me on Medium.com for now as I post there more often than on this blog. When and if that changes, I'll be back here. Here's the story I just posted on Medium.com. Enjoy! The untimely death of Professor Clayton Christensen at the age of 67 has jarred many of us. He [...]
  • Honoring Clayton Christensen and the limits of data

    The untimely death of Professor Clayton Christensen at the age of 67 has jarred many of us. He was truly an amazing and influential innovator and disrupter.I consider myself lucky because I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Christensen at his presentation in Boston many years ago — speaking about education. He was very clear and inspiring, and I’ve continued to follow him from a distance ever since.I’d like to share some of his thoughts on the limits of data. We in education are directed to [...]
  • Violent Students Keep Coming Back

    Joanne, thanks for highlighting this the real-world example of a misplaced common good. Here’s her story and my comment.https://www.joannejacobs.com/2019/12/violent-students-keep-coming-back/Violent students keep coming backDECEMBER 16, 2019 BY JOANNE 1 COMMENTViolent students can assault teachers and classmates, then return to class a few days later, report Brittany Wallman and Megan O’Matz in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. They blame mainstreaming of children with emotional and [...]
  • The IMPOSSIBLE special education FIX!

    (I first published this piece in Medium.com. Please check out my writing there! We’ve heard about the “IMPOSSIBLE burger” — making burgers from vegetables, not beef. Some people think it’s actually yummy! So how about the IMPOSSIBLE Fix for special education! It’s time and it’s not complicated: focus on teaching and learning for all students, general and special education, not procedures, rights, due process, litigation, and the ever-present anxiety-laden fear of litigation that so [...]
  • The IMPOSSIBLE Special Ed Fix!

    The IMPOSSIBLE Special Ed Fix!We’ve heard about the “IMPOSSIBLE burger” — making burgers from vegetables, not beef. Some people think it’s actually yummy!So how about the IMPOSSIBLE Fix for special education!It’s time and it’s not complicated: focus on teaching and learning for all students, general and special education, not procedures, rights, due process, litigation, and the ever-present anxiety-laden fear of litigation that so wrenches today’s schools, teachers, students, and [...]
  • This Commentary In Education Week (November 13, 2019) by James R.

    This Commentary In Education Week (November 13, 2019) by James R. Delisle is important. So, I’m taking the liberty of providing it to my readers here.I think Delisle said it well — we need to educate all of our children and not scapegoat those who are advanced or gifted. While I don’t like the term “gifted and talented” and prefer to use the term “advanced,” I support this writer’s view . Our inability to assist those at the top through a misplaced “bias” against them will, in the end, hurt [...]
  • “Support Builds for Making the SAT Untimed for Everyone.”

    The provocative title of Greg Toppo’s piece in Education Next. How about untimed SATs for everyone, he posits. https://www.educationnext.org/support-builds-making-sat-untimed-for-everyone-possible-solution-gaming-the-system/So interesting and so sad to me, as I ‘ve watched this unfortunate saga unfold since even before 2002. The SAT’s extra time story is the story that just won’t go away ever since the College Board made a total mess of if back in 2002/2003. That was when the CB (and [...]
  • I’m a reformer, not a charter school person, but….

    Here’s an important piece in today’s Wall Street Journal (September 7–8, 2019), The Secret of a Charter School’s Success? Parents.”Robert Pondiscio’s article is brave because it talks real about what many of us know but dare not say out loud. By focusing on the vital role that parents play, it tracks my own thinking that reform efforts for student success really really need parental (or other mentor — caregiver, grandparent, etc.) support and engagement.In short, for me, it highlights the [...]
  • HURRY! While the College Board is in “scrapping” mode, it’s time to finally scrap its…

    I’m glad to s​​ee the College Board acknowledge its mistake and scrap the “adversity score” it proposed two years ago that has been used as a pilot by some colleges. The CB created this score as a single number to describe a students’ adversity. As I see it, the adversity score was an attempt to try to find those “diamonds in the rough” that colleges seek — children whose lives have had much adversity and yet the overcame them and prevailed.But, the adversity score created backlash and [...]