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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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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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