Author Archives: Alan Chipetine

About Alan Chipetine

Works in public education.

Condemned to Joy

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_1_happiness.html The Western cult of happiness is a mirthless enterprise. On August 21, 1670, Jacques Bossuet, the bishop of Meaux and official preacher to the court of Louis XIV, pronounced the eulogy for Princess Henrietta of England before the Prince of … Continue reading

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Trauma: How We’ve Created a Nation Addicted to Shopping, Work, Drugs and Sex

Excellent interview on education, addiction, ADHD, and child rearing. Link to full interview: http://www.alternet.org/world/149325/trauma%3A_how_we%27ve_created_a_nation_addicted_to_shopping%2C_work%2C_drugs_and_sex/?page=entire AMY GOODMAN: Dr. Maté, there’s a whole debate about education in the United States right now. How does this fit in? DR. GABOR MATÉ: Well, you … Continue reading

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It’s the breadth that matters

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=414650 “When we think about likely career paths that our students will take, the life paths, the vast majority of them will go through multiple jobs, life and career directions,” says Gregory Call, dean of the faculty at Amherst College … Continue reading

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Are We Beginning To See The Light?

I think the argument is not simply teaching MORE science and math but teaching science and math more effectively.  The answer lies in teaching LESS content in a more in-depth and inquiry based way. Teaching  science and math in an interesting … Continue reading

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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

We are facing a modern day Sputnik.  I have never seen such a concentrated and often hostile effort in this country to reform education.  If we want to do it right, educators and their Unions must join the dialogue in … Continue reading

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Teachers Need a Better Evaluation System

Most teachers and administrators will admit that the current system of evaluation is superficial and ineffective. The problem is the union entrenchment in the status quo. When new ideas are researched and offered to the public debate, the official response … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Unions are in Trouble

Unless the teachers and admnistrators start offering some intelligent reform alternatives, this type of insanity is going to be forced upon them and in the end, our children’s education is going to suffer.    Jeb Bush urges education leaders to … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Needs to Do Some Research on Educational Reform

There is no valid research supporting any of Bill Gates hysterical solutions for improving our education system. Indeed, the research is conclusive that smaller class sizes improve educational outcomes and merit pay does not improve teacher effectiveness. As for the … Continue reading

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Smart phones and video games may be harmful to our children’s education

Consistent multi-tasking, new technology, and the need for immediate gratification is changing the way our children work, play, and learn. Many children are not succeeding in the traditional classroom environment. NYTimes Link: In an experiment at the German Sport University … Continue reading

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Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected

Bill Cosby took a lot of heat for similar statements about the reasons many black students underachieve.  The sociological reasons, uncomfortable as they may be to acknowledge, must be part of the dialogue if we are ever going to improve the … Continue reading

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