Category: Education

Four Things Questions Can Do

With the discussion surrounding Rob Bell, it occurs to me that questions could become an innocent bystander in the mess.  Bell’s book apparently has some 350 questions, about half of which are in his now infamous book trailer (that is, my friends,...

/ March 15, 2011

TFA 20: Gladwell, Steinam, and Lewis

My first breakout session had Malcolm Gladwell facilitating a discussion between civil rights advocate and US Representative John Lewis, feminist Gloria Steinam, and a director of La Raza (didn’t catch the name, seemed like a big deal). I have fundamental...

/ February 12, 2011

TFA 20: What Christians can remind public educators

If you were a baker, and the flour was brought to you full of maggots and worms, you could not be expected to produce good bread.” This statement was made in the Colorado House of Representatives by Max Tyler (D-Lakewood),...

/ February 12, 2011

Live Blogging TFA 20: Welcome Session

I’m writing this from the opening ceremonies of Teach For America’s 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. More than 11,000 alumni, corps members, staff, partners, and donors have gathered to celebrate Teach For America’s role in education reform and the...

/ February 12, 2011

Review of “One Day, All Children…”

Over the last twenty years, Teach For America has led 21,000 of the nation’s brightest young people into public education in low-income communities, where roughly 60% of them have stayed. Less than half of traditionally-trained teachers stay more than two...

/ February 7, 2011

The Role of Ideologies in Christian Education

Can Christian higher education be non-ideological? Can Christian higher education divorce itself from raising issues of political implications? In a word: Absolutely not. Recently, I came across an interesting article from a former adjunct teacher at King’s College. King’s College,...

/ January 20, 2011

McKinsey Report on US Teacher Quality

Today I received on my desk an advanced copy of Wendy Kopp’s new book. In addition to being one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2008, Kopp is my boss, many times removed. She’s the founder and CEO of...

/ January 12, 2011

One Year Later, a Few People to Thank

There is an enormous amount that I have to be grateful for.  One year ago, I left my employment as a financial planner in order to pursue a crazy dream of becoming a writer.  It just sounds so pretentious when...

/ July 24, 2010

The Academic Program at St. John’s College

I earned my master’s degree in liberal arts from the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico). Mortimer Adler famously said in How to Read a Book, “There is one college that I know...

/ July 20, 2010

“Victimization” Studies and the Evangelical Conscience

A bit more background on me: My focus during my undergraduate career was post-colonial African history. Someday I want to go to grad school to continue studying it. Depending on the program I get in, I might be able to...

/ June 9, 2010