Gifts and Gratitude

Reinhold Marxhausen was a creative colleague who taught at Concordia University in Nebraska. For example, he would take his art students to the city dump on the last class session before the Thanksgiving break, because the dump contained the remnants of all the things that had brought joy to the community that year the cans…

Only 179 Days To Go

I was rummaging through old files recently, and I ran across the manuscript of my first published article, “Only 179 Days to Go”. It appeared in the September 1961 back-to-school issue of The Instructor Magazine, a major journal for elementary educators. I recall being very thrilled at the publication – and at the $7 they…

Is Current Schooling Brain-Based and Brain-Compatible? — Part 2

Last month’s column suggested that some educational practices that purport to be brain-based or brain-compatible may not have direct research validation from within the brain sciences. Such practices may have been validated by other types of research (such as psychological or educational research), or simply by their long successful use. I believe that it’s unnecessary…

Is Current Schooling Brain-Based And Brain-Compatible? — Part 1

Brain-based teaching and brain-compatible education are meaningless terms that appeared at some point during the past quarter of a century. Perhaps teaching had previously been kidney-based, and the curriculum incomprehensible. The reality is that our brain processes all forms of teaching, and it easily processes many things, such as looming dangers, that aren’t compatibly pleasant.…