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John Holland

December 18, 2010

What teaching in the present looks like


I don’t think that smart boards make kids smarter. I do think that smart boards help smart teachers, teach smarter. The teachers talking in this PBS video are living in the present. Most teachers are living in the past. I have never seen a SMARTboard in a pre-k classroom. This particular teachnology reform never made it to pre-K. This was likely for more than one reason.

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John Holland

October 24, 2010

Some thoughts on "Waiting for Superman"


The film “Waiting for Superman” has some cinematic elements but mostly it seems like propaganda. The insertion of a failed bike jump to illustrate U.S. students over-confidence, is just one of the funny, effective, and ultimately sad, propaganda elements. I saw the film the other day and I left feeling a little pissed off but [...]

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