Tag Archives: Philosophy

Teaching Memo: Holocaust Education 7-Week Unit of Study

“So here it is – I’ve built this unit. It’s the plan I bring with me into a 7-week course on the Holocaust with my current sixth graders…” Continue reading

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Why People Are So Confused This Election (and how to avoid it in the future)

At no point in the 2020 Presidential Election process were things uncertain or unclear, and at no point were things too close to call (or close in almost any sense). But we’re convinced (I have a hard time avoiding this … Continue reading

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What Elementary Teachers can Learn from Academic Philosophy

One of the best parts about my career shift from the academy to elementary (middle-level, specifically) education is the level of support and enthusiasm offered when educators get together to discuss how to be better at what we do. When … Continue reading

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Learning to Like What We Do Not Like (bootstrapping preferences)

Sometimes, we just like what we like. Our preferences have real costs (and benefits, to be sure). If we don’t like a subject in school, at any level, we struggle to find what typically counts as success. It feels difficult, … Continue reading

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Telling Myself Stories About Myself

John Locke followed his assumptions (holding experience to be paramount) through to the conclusion that what makes us human is our collections of disconnected ideas – memories – that there is no self underpinning these memories. We’re bundles of ideas. … Continue reading

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