WHY TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER

The explosion of media and technology…has made it all the more important that students master the core skills of gathering and evaluating evidence. Reading and writing with independence and confidence will remain master arts in the Information Age. (Vicki Phillips in Schmoker, 2011, p.93) Phillips’ quote resonates today because of the media explosion that occursRead more

Waxing Philosophical: The Purpose of Education

There are so many articles, blog posts, and books about the purpose of education that it might seem odd to see yet another one. However, this might be a good exercise for any teacher to try, if only to determine his or her own views on the subject. Reading about it, or listening to someoneRead more

There Are So Many Ways We Get the Pursuit of Happiness Wrong

If you ever want to figure out why you can’t find happiness, read or listen to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.  Manson doesn’t mince words in this book, and the language might be off-putting to some, but I don’t think he gives a… you know.  I was listening to theRead more