why don’t you all just f-f-f-ade away…

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in General | No Comments

A few weeks ago I pointed out an interview with Junot Diaz where he described the lack of attention isolation most adolescents face. How few adults are thoroughly invested in listening to the children around them? Sadly, at least some teachers fall into this category…

School Reform as a Forest Fire

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in General | No Comments

As a small nonprofit working its tail off to start a school we at the Workshop have had to have our fingers on the political pulse of schooling and school reform in the city, state and nation.  More than once we have grimaced at a misguided political or policy initiative to fix schools, only to […]

Reform and the “old rules”

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in General | 2 Comments

First off, Grid Magazine is one of those things that just makes you proud to be from Philly. (The link above is to the magazine site, which includes the current issue in full text.) The current issue, which focuses on education, has a great article about Rob Fleming’s Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design (SEED) Center […]

Green Grand Prix and other competitions

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in General | One Comment

This school year I’ve been spending two days a week at West Philadelphia High School’s Auto Academy working with the students and teachers who make up the EVX Team.  I started the team 13 years ago as an after-school program to make good space for teachers and students to do hands-on work solving real problems.  […]

How CSAP Works

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in General | One Comment

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s nice piece of investigative reporting into violence in Philadelphia Public Schools rightly exposes CSAP-  Comprehensive Student Assistance Process-as not working to address the needs of students.  Interviews with those on the front lines of education- teachers, principals, students and parents- paint a portrait of CSAP as a “fiction,” “imaginary” and a “paper […]

Our Phony Education

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in General | One Comment

In 2008 Jonathan Rowe testfied about the insanity created by the Gross Domestic Product coming to stand in for the economy.  I quote him at length:  “That term “the economy”: what it means, in practice, is the Gross Domestic Product–a big statistical pot that includes all the money spent in a given period of time. If the pot is bigger than it was […]

The case for alternative schools

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in General | No Comments

I came away from reading last week’s Inquirer series on school violence with three main thoughts.

Who you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in General | One Comment

Secretly, I always wanted to start a post that way. This is my chance. In reply to my last post, Mike linked to a

School climate data and accountability

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in General | 2 Comments

First off, apologies for our prolonged absence from posting. We have been working on some really exciting projects here at the Workshop, but for various reasons we need to keep it under wraps for a while longer. We very much looking forward to writing about what we are doing instead of what we might be […]

Junot Diaz, kids, and showing up

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in General | One Comment

I found this interview yesterday and loved this response to a Dave Eggers question about speaking at a local high school: (warning: some explicit language)