We don’t have a teacher pay crisis – it’s a competence crisis

There’s a piece in Time magazine about how teachers are in a pay crisis. Most of the teachers in the article say they can’t make ends meet with their teaching job.


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The foreign language requirement in US schools is stupid

In high school, I took French and German, and in college I took Hebrew. I spent four months in Israel studying Hebrew and three months in France learning ten french words for chicken coop. So I’m coming to this conversation with a bias in favor of learning a second language.
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New Course: Secret paths to top colleges that no one else will tell you

This course will give you a blueprint get your kid get into a competitive college. It will not be easy, and by the end of the course, some of you will want to crumble this blueprint up and throw it away. But at least you’ll know what the other parents are doing and not admitting to doing. The cost is $95. We will meet from 9 – 10 pm Eastern Oct. 2-4. NOTE: There will not be any recordings. You cannot buy this course later.

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For the last year, I have been getting more and more requests for coaching from parents who want to make a plan for their kids to get into competitive colleges. At first it was just homeschooling families, but now it’s actually families who don’t homeschool.

One reason people hire me is that you have to think like homeschoolers do to differentiate yourself as an applicant. But I just realized there’s another reason: I’ve spent the last nine years learning everything I can about how to get to the top of the music world. And my kid got into Juilliard at age 11.
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Here are some ways a school teacher could improve my life

JDP did a study of LinkedIn photos to see which profession is making the most mistakes in how they present themselves professionally. Educators were right up at the top. One might say that’s because LinkedIn is not an important way for teachers to get jobs, but then why are they on LinkedIn at all?
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How to teach AP history to a homeschooler

This year I made a big change in how we homeschool. Up to now, I let them learn whatever they want, and when they needed help, I hired an expert: skateboard lessons, pottery lessons, and biology. And I taught the kids myself if I thought I’d enjoy it, like violin, and Hebrew and boogie boarding
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Go see the movie Eighth Grade. It will blow your mind.

I’ve been reading about the correlation between reading fiction and having empathy. The correlation has been established for a long time. And, of course, the correlation between empathy and good health is known as well.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics are treacherous sellouts

In the middle ages in Europe, animals were held accountable for human laws, and many animals were put on trial. The most common punishment was hanging, but there are records of more brutal versions of animal capital punishment. For example, the man who robbed a bank and was burned alive for the crime alongside his co-conspirator, the mule.
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Schools spend a lot of time teaching kids to be politically correct

I am not sure if this is good news or bad news, but it’s pretty clear to me that the purpose of school is to teach kids to be PC. Because how else will you do it? Think of all the major shifts in the social mores of the US: schools were the focal point for civil rights, for example. Evolution plays out in schools. And now, LGBTQ rights are playing out in schools. Schools teach kids how to succeed in a world different from their parents.


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Moneyballing Homeschool

My first encounter with moneyball was in high school. The boy I had a crush on was playing fantasy baseball so I played too. I had four months to teach myself everything about baseball before the draft.
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Unschooling does not mean unstructured

When I first started writing, I wrote stories about myself at work. I didn’t know anything about reporting, or research. I just wrote about the insane things my coworkers did. 
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