Educational Readings November 30th

The Treehorn Express

Opinion soaked in knowledge & experience.


Reliable Anecdotes of Reality

Treehorn is the hero of an easy-to-read, sad children’s book, “The Shrinking of Treehorn” by Florence Heidi Parry. She cleverly exposes adults’ couldn’t-care-less attitude towards the needs of children, even when the circumstances of mal-treatment of children  are patently obvious.  Treehorn found that parents, teachers and principals only pretend to care.  His principal ignored his problem but was still able to say, “You were right to come to me. That’s what I’m here for. To guide. Not to punish, but to guide. To guide all members of my team. To solve their problems.” And Treehorn kept shrinking.

When he started to turn green, his mother told him to comb his hair before the Smedleys arrived for bridge.


Educational Readings

By Allan Alach

Another mixture of items this week – the usual anti-GERM articles, as well as other articles focussing on a more positive approach to quality, child centred education.

I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at

This week’s homework!

What If Schools Created a Culture of “Do” INSTEAD of a Culture of “Know?”

Bill Ferriter is another US blogger who is well worth following. The title speaks for itself.

Britain’s bizarre plan to take schooling back to the stone age

Madness is contagious.

Yong Zhao: Redefining Excellence

This 20 minute video is well worth watching.

Homework: An Unnecessary Evil?

Articles by Alfie Kohn are always worth reading.

‘A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that:  reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.’

Students at Cooperative Schools Are More Engaged

More research to be ignored by the school ‘deform’ movement.

30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

Thanks to Australian reader Tess Pajaron, from Open Colleges, for this link.

Future of Handwriting and Its Effect on Learning

I’ve wrestled with this over the years- what role does handwriting play in an increasingly technological world? This article makes the case for teaching of handwriting.

TEDxTeen – Jacob Barnett: Forget What You Know

Watch this!!!! 

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

Learning a Living: The Lumiar schools, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Here’s an antidote to the Bill Gates’ model – Brazilian business entrepreneur Ricardo Semler has developed this schooling model.

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