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When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids – The Washington Post 

Here's an interesting article, in the Washington Post, about an adminstrator who took his school system's own test: When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post. First, I'm way ahead of this, having written a while ago on that peculiar game show, Who's Smarter than a …

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Abandoned Toys 

… As an artist friend of mine pointed out in response to this photo: On BBC crime shows, an abandoned children's toy is always a metaphor for "something horrendous happened to a child." Which got me thinking. What is it about this? If it were simply a question of restraint or reserve—a discomfort in showing …

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Drawing Lab 

One of the things that always comes up when talk turns to the losses we suffer around education—our regrets at being of a certain age without having brought certain things with us—is drawing. (Languages being the other big one.) It has a kind of inevitability, just as a conversation about waning literacy will eventually turn …

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On Philosophy’s Lost Childhood 

One of the tragedies of the grownup is his loss of a sense of wonder, curiosity and playfulness, in short, of childhood. But these emotions are central to philosophical enquiry. Perhaps by starting philosophy earlier and seeing to it that it continues throughout school, grownups will rediscover suppressed reservoirs of playfulness and leisure. —Robert Mulvaney, …

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Defining Education 

Education— To applaud, to exalt revolt in all its forms, and more particularly that of child against its own family;...to pride oneself on having personally broken some shackles.... Enough of this complicity in degradation which welds the generations, one with another; enough of tacit understandings, of shameful solutions, of a rendezvous fixed for ultimate ruination. …

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Monogamy in Education  ☆

Adam Phillips' book, Monogamy—anything but the paean that it's title might suggest—is a beautiful study in examining the workings behind the scene of our apparently simple beliefs. Perhaps not surprisingly the questions of monogamy, that is to say, of relationships and how they should go, overlap with questions of education. Children drop adults far more …

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