Fixing Our Schools

We should not discard educational practices merely because they are traditional. Rather, we should respect and sustain educational practices—both traditional and modern—that are proven to be successful.

Michael Supports:

Standardized testing
Clear curriculum content
Teachers as experts
School choice
Consistent discipline

Michael Opposes:

Meaningless Edu-babble
Vague curricular outcomes
Teachers as mere guides
One-size-fits-all schools
Capitulating to troublemakers

 

Watch one of Michael’s presentations (August 17, 2012), in which he debunks many of public education’s foolish fads.

Recent Articles

Handwriting is still an important skill

January 22, 2015 Published in the National Post. Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion. Computers are everywhere and an increasing number[...]

No-zero policies just as misguided as ever

January 14, 2015 Published in The Telegram (St. John's, NL) Never underestimate the staying power of a bad idea, especially in education. The no-zero policy in Newfoundland and Labrador schools is a prime example. It’s been almost four years[...]

Knowledge is more important than ever in schools

December 10, 2014 Published in the Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Imagine that you are a fly on the wall in a faculty of education classroom or in a teachers’ professional development session. What would you hear? Chances are that you would hear[...]