April 2016

The Oklahoma Constitution (Part Three)

Sophisticated ReadingThe next several paragraphs – updated since the original – are less exciting. They detail how Senate and House Districts will be established, requirements for running for state office, blah blah blah. Our state legislature is limited to meeting from February through May, other than a few housekeeping duties which begin just prior. There are deadlines and limits throughout those four months, presumably designed to not only bring some order to the chaos, but to limit how much damage they can do in a given year.

So that part could have worked out better.

Just Teach The Curriculum (Leave That Other Stuff At Home)

TouchyFeely1There’s a cliché in education about teaching the child, not merely the subject. The more annoying version is that students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I’m not in love with either platitude, but like most things with unfortunate sticking power, they’re not entirely wrong.

Blue Cereal Book Review - Bound: Blogging on Gender, Race, and Culture (Tressie McMillan Cottom)

Bound CoverI don’t really do book reviews. There are plenty out there already, and I’m not very good at it. But that’s not the biggest problem with my attempting this one. The real issue – at least potentially – is that I’m an old straight white guy about to share my thoughts on a collection of essays, the subjects of which often involve the annoying tendency of old straight white guys to think they deserve final critique of everything.

So the irony is a problem.

Blue Serials (4/3/16)

OK CapitolIt’s been several wild weeks for #OklaEd and #OKPE4PE. I’m sure more weirdness is coming. The beauty of it is that we never know what or when.

Where is fairly predictable.

In the meantime, though, it’s possible you’ve missed some quality edu-bloggery from #OklaEd and beyond – some of which isn’t even about fighting legislative insanity.