How To Teach Art To Kids

If you’ve ever seen Mark Rothko’s paintings and thought “a child could do this,” you’ve paid him a compliment. Rothko greatly admired children’s art, praising the freshness, authenticity, and emotional intensity of their creations. He worked as an art teacher for over 20 years and was a thought leader in the field of children’s art…

Seven big myths about school systems

The man in charge of the PISA tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system. 1. Disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school Results show that the 10% most disadvantaged 15-year-olds in Shanghai have better maths skills than the…

Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking and Democratic Decency

[…] Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue […]. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: 1 – Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. 2 – Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence,…

10 Rules for Students and Teachers

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile. Rule 2: (General Duties as Student) Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students. Rule 3: (General Duties as Teacher) Pull everything out of your students. Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment. Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined. This…

Top Ten Ways to Lose an Audience

Going to university means coming across things like this. Dedicated to us: students, citizens, spectators. We, the public. Here it goes: 10. Avoid eye contact. For example, looking at the screen. Remember: you crafted slides to augment what you say, not to replicate it.  Puzzled faces and hands raised are more important than being obsessively exhaustive. Plus: they…