Monthly Archives: May 2011

Guess what… I Don’t Actually Hate School! *gasp*

 Last week I heard one of my guitar students say something surprising and encouraging: “I really like school, I wish it wasn’t ending so soon!” The genuine happiness on her face was clear. I was pleased that this student was … Continue reading

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Would You Pass the 8th Grade in 1895?

1895 Eighth Grade Final Exam: What it took to get an eighth-grade education in 1895! –Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an eighth-grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the eighth grade … Continue reading

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How to Think Like a Renaissance Man (or Woman!)

This is the book I’ve been reading lately. It’s joining the ranks of my favorite books; I’d love to own a copy, but for now I have a library loan. My interest in Da Vinci stemmed from the understanding that … Continue reading

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“School” Should Not Equal “Prison”

While driving by a high school yesterday, I saw something that made me almost come to a stop in the middle of the road. I thought I must be seeing things… but no, I looked back, and it seemed that … Continue reading

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Want to Learn More About Education?

Here are some reviews of books on education that I’ve read within the past four or so years. Some of these were posted on an earlier blog I had; I’ve re-read a few of them since that time, and updated … Continue reading

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The Story of Henry and Joe: Logic in Music Class

I was teaching two boys, eight and nine years old, a new piece in their guitar lesson today. We were learning about the concept of positions on guitar, which I cover only briefly in the early stages of the curriculum. Positions … Continue reading

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