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TT #27 – The Power of an Idea that “Ought to Work” – Project Based Learning

One of the most interesting, and yet frustrating, aspects of life as a traditionalist teacher is watching the progressives attempt to justify ideas that “ought to work” but often do not. An excellent example came across Traditionalist Teacher’s desk this

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TT # 26 – The Leaking Ship

Traditionalist teacher has recently discovered one of the great frustrations of having recently published a book.  While the writing and editing process continues, it is always possible that the writer will have a brainstorm which will improve the overall quality

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TT #25 – Traditionalist Teacher – The Book

It has been many months since I added a new entry to this blog.  To veteran readers – if such there be – I apologize.  For some time, it has occurred to me that the topics that this blog has

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TT #24 – Teachers, Police Officers, and Order

With this posting, Traditionalist Teacher is abandoning (temporarily) the resolution to talk about old and bad ‘progressive’ ideas.  If you have been following this series, don’t worry.  There will be more.  However, the flow of recent new events demands a

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TT #23 – The Self-Esteem Movement

As promised in the last entry, Traditionalist Teacher is spending the summer examining some of the bad ideas spawned by ‘progressive’ educators in the last half-century.  This is being done in hopes that teachers who did not have the misfortune

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TT #22 – The Open School Concept

One off the stated goals for this site is to acquaint teachers with “Progressive” educational ideas that failed in the past.  There are two reasons that teachers should have this information.  The first is so that we develop an institutional

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TT #21 – Subsidiarity

In the last article, Traditionalist Teacher decried the effects of the bureaucratic mind.  It is, however, easy to complain, far riskier to propose a solution.  However, TT would like to point out that there is an antidote to the bureaucratic

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TT #20 – The Bureaucratic Mind and Education

If Public Education is not the largest bureaucracy in the nation, it has to be in the top ten.  Of course, its real size is camouflaged by the fact that there is one Federal Department of Education, each of the

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TT #19 – The Election and “Progressive” Education

Like most other educated Americans, Traditionalist Teacher has been musing on the mess that the 2016 presidential election has become.  Lest the reader worry that TT is trying to become a political pundit (a class of people already FAR too

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TT #18 – Good Night, Miss Dove

It is perhaps not surprising that one of Traditionalist Teacher’s favorite movies is one about a traditional teacher. The film is 1955’s “Good Morning, Miss Dove” starring Jennifer Jones in the title role. Traditionalist Teacher will not be surprised if

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