Yearly Archives: 2015

TT #17 – The Method that Dares Not Speak Its Name

There is one once-common teaching method so reviled that its name is never spoken, except in derision.  Even its best practitioners have learned to call it something else.  Once, this method was so common that teachers were often evaluated purely

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TT #16 – A Little Wisdom from the Past

A rather remarkable document fell in Traditionalist Teacher’s path today. Its source was unexpected.  Its wisdom is profound. The source is Calvin Coolidge. For most, Coolidge is a nearly forgotten man.  Marvelous books about him have been written fairly recently

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TT #15 – Truth

As the title, implies, Traditionalist Teacher is going to be rather more philosophical than usual. This bit of philosophy is especially relevant to teachers, because the philosophical question represented by the word “truth” lies at the core of much that

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TT #14 – Groupthink

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon. It is dangerous to the health of any organization.  Couple it with an established ideology, and the result can be truly disastrous.  The field of education is filled with examples of “reforms” created and implemented

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TT #13 – Student Centered Instruction and Technology

It is not often that Traditionalist Teacher gets frightened, but it happened this summer. No, TT was not taking a break on the beach, reading a thriller. Nor did the hair-raising experience take place in a movie theater with 3-D

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TT #12 – Asking the Right Questions

In many ways our schools are a reflection of our society. This is, perhaps, inevitable. A society creates schools in order give the young skills which are prized by that society. This posting will describe an attitude in society, tie

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TT #11 – Punishment

It is possible that the most pernicious effect of “progressive” education is in the area of punishment. The whole concept of punishment has virtually disappeared from the modern classroom. The word itself certainly has. In the time-honored process through which

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TT #10 – Educational Research

The school system in which Traditionalist Teacher toils prides itself on being “data driven”. It is a malady shared with many other school systems – public, parochial, and private. For those readers who are fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with

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TT #9 – “College-Centric” Schools

For purposes of this posting, Traditionalist Teacher is going to coin a term that is not found in the dictionary – college-centric. This term refers to the fact that seemingly every high school in the country sees its primary job

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TT #8 – Five Reasons that Conservatives Get it Wrong on Education

Without any question, education is the most thoroughly socialist aspect of American life, and has been for at least the half-century that Traditionalist Teacher has been involved – as student and teacher – in it. It is a virtual monopoly

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