Matrix Fodder

Teach your children well, Their father’s hell will slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you’ll know by. – Graham Nash (slightly altered) In the twenty years I have worked with middle school students, I have heard many parents express real anxiety about the role of education in preparing their children for life. The sentiment that has come to worry me the most is the one that pleads, “I would like my child to become a critical thinker, a creative problem solver, and a caring and collaborative citizen in a democratic...

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